Microsoft Windows 8 and the Consumerization of IT
So, what does that mean? “The consumerization of IT” – I like to think of it as the blurring of lines – the blurring of lines between our work and personal environments and the technologies that we use. Today because of the Internet, the Cloud and mobile computing our expectations of technology have risen to new heights. When we need information – we expect and most often demand – that we can efficiently find that information no matter what time it is and no matter where we are. And the idea of accessing technology any different at work then we do in our personal lives seems a little silly.
It’s because of the consumerization of IT that the release of Microsoft Windows 8 is so critical to today’s middle-market IT organization. Windows 8 will provide today’s user with the rich, intuitive touchscreen and tablet interface that they have become used to – and of course, with Windows 8 that touchscreen experience will extend to the laptop and the desktop. But what Windows 8 will truly represent is the ability for today’s IT manager to deploy this type of experience in a highly secure and managed infrastructure.
Because Windows 8 is a Microsoft operating system running on Active Directory and is completely integrated within the other components of the Microsoft stack there is no compromise between user experience and user productivity or network management for that matter. The collaborative powers of Microsoft SharePoint, Office and Lync are seamlessly integrated with Windows 8. The security, deployment and management tools of Systems Center are seamlessly extended into Windows 8 as they have been with its predecessors.
In many ways the success of IT is measured in how we empower those around us. Microsoft Windows 8 is a product that is going to help us meet this mission head on.
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