Bring your own device schemes in corporations---a movement that's coming whether tech execs like it or not---has resulted in a lot of underground IT.
This underground IT movement was highlighted in a Forrester Research report on bring your own device (BYOD) programs.
Like the few drops of rain and a fresh breeze that foreshadow a coming storm, the latest round of bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) demand started in your company with a few Macs showing up in meetings, Windows 7 appearing in scans of computers on the network, and a handful of tickets to the help desk for configuring email and network access. Steadily, the rain increased as co-workers saw them and wanted to do the same — and a flood of demand now threatens to breach the levees. It’s not a question of how to stop the rain but rather of how to channel the flow and harness the river to power the town.
But we knew that already. In fact, much of the Forrester report is known to some degree. The punch line is that IT execs need to use virtualization and other tools to harness BYOD.