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I want my iPad at work!

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | March 15, 2011
Or my Android phone, or my Galaxy Tab, or my Xbox 360 and Kinect ... wait a second!

Now, IT faces the same problems. Then, it was a horde of CP/M and MS-DOS PCs, which were, more or less, compatible with one another. Today, it's several different platforms -- phones, tablets and laptops -- using an even wider variety of operating systems -- four different versions of Android at last count, Apple's iOS, WP7, HP's webOS -- the list goes on and on.

I wish I had an easy answer. I don't. You may want to get users to standardize on one official platform, but they're determined to go their own way -- apparently with corporate proprietary data in their pocket.

Back in the day. there wasn't a solution either. Eventually, for better or for worse, IT settled on Microsoft products for the desktop, and then the laptop. I don't see that happening this time. Microsoft only managed to do it the first time thanks to illegal pressure on PC vendors. In this go-round, Microsoft is barely a player on the new platforms, Apple still has little interest in the business market, and everyone else is going their own way.

It's going to be a rough few years in the IT business. I'm just glad that while I'll be covering it, I won't be in it. Good luck, guys and gals. You're going to need it.


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