My first workday again?!

As 33 year-old of course ;-).

Today was the first day working with my new MacBook Pro. At VLC we have a Pick Your Own policy for laptop’s and finally I made my choice. For the last two years I have been working with a 13 inch MacBook with great pleasure, so I decided to stick with the model and upgrade to the fastest chip and RAM. The battery was great, the first signes of fatigue were at 15:30 after a full recharge! This is a great plus when I am on the road.

In the morning I spend some to with our accountant on the new Advisory unit. All seems very straight forward and it helped I have my own business. During the day I was occupied with a number of opportunities and did some preparation combining our Information Productivity Scan, Infographics and the Strategic Alignment Model.

Today I went to work on my bike again, it takes me 30 minutes one-way. This is a really vitalizing way to start the day and really refreshing after spending the entire day inside an office.

PS: if you missed my posting last friday, you did not! Friday is my day with my 20 month old son. We went to Amsterdam to change tires, did a nap and went for a long walk in the sun!

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Consumerization and the iPad

WSJ wrote a really interesting post on the boost the iPad is giving to consumerization of IT. More and more people are bringing their own devices to work. You can literally see it at offices in the Netherlands right now. More and more people are bringing iPads to work. Actually Prince Willem-Alexander used the iPad last year for a speech, how about that for consumerization! Organizations are actually making consumerization part of their policies. My former employer, YNNO, had this philosophy and my current employer, VLC, also has a consumerization or Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) concept. This results in (some cases) cheaper IT, better alignment with worker needs and devices used to get the job done, freedom of choice and happier people.

This concept does have some consequences for your IT department and how your company organizes information. Think about the way you enable information to be used on a device that could be anything. What are the system requirements to use your corporate systems? Are they webbased and fit for which browsers? Does my company allow connections from outside the firewall?

Is you company ready for this concept? What do you think about BYOD?

Note: I am working on a BYOD device myself: a MacBook but not on a iPad. I am not quite convinced you can use the iPad as your primary device. In the past I did use a HP tablet PC, I liked the tablet functionality but performance was way below par…