The Slow, Profitable Death of Traditional IT

It's almost hard to remember the days when a chief information officer, or CIO, would dictate the devices and software you'd use at work. That started to change when the Web and open standards rose to prominence and made data sharing across different platforms easier. That, in turn, freed users to choose to work with the devices they liked best.

Today, many companies have "BYOD," or "bring your own device," policies that cater to these control freaks. And none has benefited more than Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , which has seen legions of fans bring iPhones to work rather than opt for company-approved BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) alternatives.

But there are limits to the allowable chaos. Accordingly, Dropbox, a popular file sharing service that's used in 95% of Fortune 500 organizations, just recently announced administrative tools to make it easier for CIOs to monitor those who use the software at work.

Is there a happy medium between BYOD and the command and control days that led the ascendancy of the PC and BlackBerry? Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova addresses this question and more in the video below. Please watch, and then be sure to leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2013, at 9:23 PM, raulia wrote:

    In the matter of fact Smartphone market actually belongs to Blackberry and they will get it back from the competitors by defeating them in bulk.BB Z10 offer two for one phone at the cost of one.Now you can have work and personal profile on single phone than buying two.I will forget the rest for this article,it's enough said.......

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2013, at 11:35 PM, sonbuster wrote:

    The Chinese can't wait for US corporations and the gov't to start allowing android and iOS phones into their networks. Foaming at the mouths. Imagine all the secrets the US holds in the hands of Chinese.

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