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 , which has seen legions of fans bring iPhones to work rather than opt for company-approved BlackBerry 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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