Cisco’s recent announcement of a $277 million productivity savings by moving to a virtual workforce has me thinking…these virtual workers would be a great use case for BYOPC. While the article doesn’t state what type of PCs are being used for this workforce (I know that Cisco does have some internal BYOPC initiatives going on), imagine the benefits of allowing these workers to compute from the device of their choosing.
I have spoken to many organizations that are already using BYOPC for their home-workers. Why? Because it is easier (and less costly) to have their workers use or go buy their own machine than have a corporate PC shipped to them. While some of the folks that I have spoken with actually require home workers to use their own machines, others give users a stipend for a device (and an associated support contract) — thus no longer being responsible for any of the hardware support. This works for both parties as these remote workers will more likely be closer to a third party support, such as the Apple Genius Bar or the Geek Squad, than to their corporate IT staff. This means faster and less expensive support.
In terms of how these organizations support this model, most are using a combination of application and desktop virtualization technologies to provide access to the corporate desktop and applications — just like being in the office!
Very interested in your thoughts around BYOPC for the virtual workforce.