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How to deal with Dropbox?

Posted by Atle Skjekkeland on Dec 23, 2014 1:53:00 AM

Business executives and staff are adopting cloud solutions to get work done, but every organization will also need to ensure that corporate information is retained and secured. How do you then deal with corporate content in applications that staff have signed up for? How do you ensure compliance, security, and privacy with user-driven IT?

I don't think you can stop BYOD and BYOA (Bring Your Own App), you need to work with it.
  • Option 1: Try to stop it, but this may become increasingly difficult over time with user-driven IT.
  • Option 2: Focus on System of Records (what to control) vs System of Engagement (what to provide guidance on).
    • Determine informal vs formal content, e.g. ISO9001, records, etc
    • Create a policy for informal content, e.g. Box, Evernote, Dropbox
    • Create a policy for formal content, e.g. contracts, agreements.
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Topics: information governance, user-centric IT

Let simple and smart apps compete across the enterprise?

Posted by Atle Skjekkeland on Aug 14, 2014 7:32:00 AM

My 9 year old daughter knows how to use the Apple TV remote, but NOT the Verizon TV remote. The Apple remote didn’t come with a user guide or training course, while my last Comcast router had to be configured manually by accessing it as the admin. The Comcast user guide didn’t mention the admin login and password, but I remembered that they have standard login and passwords for all routers…. 

The first iPhone had few features compared to the Blackberry, but Apple managed to disrupt the market by being simple and smart. I have been told that the average Microsoft Office customer only use 3-5% of the functionality, but we pay for 100%. Isn’t it time to rethink how we buy enterprise IT? 

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Topics: user-centric IT

User-Centric IT: Let staff use whatever app they want?

Posted by Atle Skjekkeland on Jul 31, 2014 7:13:00 AM

What would happen if you encouraged staff to buy and implement whatever app they want? They should NOT just request new apps from IT, but actively find and use any new app that can improve business operations. What would be the implications of this?

Before we answer this question, think through who is responsible for identifying technology that can innovate business processes. I am not just talking about checking out new gadgets, but exploring how new technology can add value, reduce costs, manage risks, and/or create blue-ocean opportunity.

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Topics: user-centric IT

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Welcome to my blog. My name is Atle Skjekkeland, Chief Evangelist at AIIM – the Association for Information and Image Management.

I am a modern day Norwegian viking fighting for how to best use technology to transform businesses. Join me explore how technology and information can be used to create a new reality, add value, reduce costs, or manage risk.

I have for the last 9 years lived with my family in "Vinland" - this is what the vikings used to call America when they discovered this continent hundreds of years before Columbus. But even vikings get homesick, and our new home is now in Kristiansand, Norway.

Join me to explore how to best transform businesses to become digital businesses. If I can help, contact me at askjekkeland@aiim.org.

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