10 Consumer Technologies Migrating to Your Small Biz

Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 by Robert McGarvey
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You can blame (or thank) Apple for starting the trend, but consumer tech has breached the business world. Here are the top 10 applications and devices you'll find punching a time clock.

Try as they might, IT execs couldn't prevent a tsunami of consumer devices from washing up on the shores of corporate America. And by that we mean small business America, too. Security experts acknowledge that consumer tech has its advantages, and that there's little IT can do to keep it out of the work place.

Moreover, a recent study shows that younger workers are even willing to pay for the devices themselves -- if they get to choose the equipment they work on. Security remains an issue, and our sister site, CIOUpdate.com, has the info you need to know to keep your workers happy, and your business secure.


The war is over and, in case you missed it, IT lost. The once-ferocious attempt to guard the corporate perimeters against unapproved devices and applications is sputtering to an end because, frankly, all but myopic IT diehards recognize this is battle that's already over.

“Workers are adopting the tools they believe will help them get their jobs done,” said Chris King, a spokesperson at security firm Palo Alto Networks. He added: “It’s foolish for an IT executive to stand in the way. The benefits cannot be denied and besides the workers will just figure out a way around you anyway.”

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