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I have just finished a whitepaper entitled Embracing Consumerisation of IT in Education In which I explore both the benefits and challenges that embracing this world of Bring Your Own Device gives to Education Institutions and how various Microsoft technologies can help.
For many years IT departments in education institutions from schools to universities have been working hard
to standardise their systems by reducing the number of supported Operating Systems and hardware device
types across campus. There have been many internal battles won and lost to centralise IT procurement across
campus, and many senior staff told “No you can’t connect that to our network, we won’t support it”.
Well times, they are a-changin and this new era is known as Consumerisation of IT and it seems to go against
the very principals we have been striving so hard to implement.
Organisations that are brave enough to adopt this new world of working are seeing many benefits that come
with providing less IT resources out of school coffers. But there are many things that need to be considered and
thought through before fully making the move.
Despite this, Consumerisation of IT isn’t a Microsoft initiative nor is it something we actively promote. In fact,
arguably it could potentially negatively impact our current licensing models and revenues. This is an industry
wide phenomenon and Microsoft is positioning itself strongly at the centre. With the aim of helping our
education customers provide the best possible user experience to their staff and students regardless of
device, in a well-managed and secure way.
This paper attempts to highlight some key areas of consideration and explores some technologies that can
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