You're obviously a techie. Gadget geeks are the most disappointed when their boss won't buy them the latest gadget which will supposedly make them more productive (I really need the processing power of the iPhone 5. Wait...wait.. the iPhone 6 has come out. I really need ...). However, in my years as a consultant, it was always a sign of poor management when the company wouldn't front the equipment costs needed to support their project development.
While corporate accounting departments are probably slathering over the capital costs they see dumping on employees with BYOD initiatives, I don't think its going to "empower" or "free" the average employee, or make him a more responsive representative of the company in dealing with clients. I think, in fact, that except for a limited number of upwardly mobile middle-to-high-level management types, employees are soon going to see this for what it is - externalizing the companies costs to the shoulders of the employees.
Want to empower your employees? Buy them the gadgets they need for work, and let them use them for personal purposes. If its anathema for them to use work gadgets for personal use, how come its OK to use their personal gadgets for work purposes?
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