Analysts say we are witnessing the "consumerization of IT" in the corporation. Here's an example: a business manager needs to store common documents for his staff to access, gets tired of waiting on his IT department and simply buys access to cloud storage with Box.com for employee use.

This example is real and horrifying. Corporate data is an asset that today is often placed outside an organization's safekeeping, without anyone's knowledge. Questions on security, scale and integration with corporate systems are not asked. So the consumerization trend means that unless IT can respond quickly to requests, users will find their own solutions outside of standard governance.

The primary effect of the consumer mobile and Internet explosion is that corporate users know that software can be easy to use, intuitive and accessible. They also know that their company's IT system is often difficult to use, expensive and slow to arrive. And now, because of their consumer experiences, employees know it doesn't need to be like this. It's an "emperor has no clothes" moment -- they know that their IT department is naked.

Mobile applications are a great indicator of how the fundamental rules of engagement are changing. With enterprise mobile apps, end users are insisting that:

-- Priority should be given to mobile apps that help get the business's real work done. These requirements need to be prioritized ahead of new ERP systems that deliver the same functionality as the current ERP system or mobile apps that focus on low-value administration tasks. Read full story on InformationWeek


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