iPhone, iPad, Galaxy Tab, Smartphones NOT allowed

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Users are now using a lot of different devices to connect to the internet. Gone are the days where they only go to the internet from a computer. They can now do it from a lot and diverse smartphones (Blackberry, Android, iPhone, Symbian, …). Moreover, tablets are gaining popularity within trendy users: iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Add to that list the Kindle and Nook devices and you can get a sense on how diverse the devices can be.

From the user’s point of view

It’s really nice to come up with those awesome tools, and more often than not, if you are a typical user of those gadgets, you want everything to be available from these devices. Isn’t it? You want to be able to use your tablet to check your professional e-mail, or even access your corporate intranet and resources.

Reality has it, however, that most corporate IT managers categorically refuses to “connect” those devices to the corporate network. The main reason being cited is that they can’t standardize anymore the tools they will have to setup, though supporting such diverse devices will add more complexity to the already specific IT infrastructure. Some more pioneer IT managers will try to implement the integration of those solutions, but it usually takes time, and by the time they developed something that can be integrated, users have already moved to something new.

Have you ever been into such issues?

Nowadays, it is common that a typical employee will have his preferred device on one hand, then the corporate-one that he should be using all-day-long on the other hand. Smartphones not allowed? This can cumbersome.

A solution to circumvent this issue is to use the device’s VPN client (or third-party VPN solution) to connect to the corporate network and eventually access the intranet resources.

Have you ever tried suggesting this solution to your IT manager? If so, what are their feedback?

In fact there are two options that may apply to you if you are a typical employee who want to leverage on your iPad or smartphone for doing some work:

either the corporation has already setup some standard smartphone to use for all their employees. If this is the case, it’ll be hard for you to get the corporate standard to accept your device. Chances are that your IT guys won’t even allow your device to connect to the corporate network. What to do if smartphones not allowed? If that’s the case, try suggesting them to connect to the corporate network through a VPN. Chances are that your network has already a VPN solution, all you’ll have to  do is then to setup your device with the proper VPN solution;

or there’s no standard and you come out of the blue suggesting to get this feature rolled-out. This can be more tricky than it should be as there probably are more features to implement on the corporate-side before being able to allow you to access internal resources.

Anyway, the trend at the corporate side is now to adopt a “bring your own device” strategy. This is a game-changer and will probably take some time before being widely accepted.

Until then, feel free to share in the comment section how you did or what you have tried to get your own device accepted in the corporation. What do you think of the smartphone not allowed strategy?

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