Who is going to write your apps?
Six years ago Macs were banned from some offices but today BYOD prevails. Will that change who writes software critical to your organization?
I’m fascinated by millennial attitudes towards career and the workplace. Based on three characteristics, their attitude towards work is vastly different than my own GenX approach:
So what does this have to do with IT? As Galen Gruman writes in an Infoworld article: “About six years ago, Cisco Systems IT department was looking for ways to block Macs from the corporate network…”
It’s really difficult for IT to let go of control for many very valid reasons. In this case however, just because IT is correct doesn’t mean they’re right. I’m not just thinking about bringing personal devices to corporate networks when I think about millenials as IT customers.
I’m not even thinking about bringing your own identity (BYOID), which is important but still out there for many traditional enterprise IT thinkers. I’m thinking way more progressively – I’m thinking about software. Not only bringing your own, but creating it.
In fact, why can’t any employee, partner, or customer write their own software to maximize their interactions with your company? Only IT can write software, correct? Sure, and only the “standard PC configuration” can be used on the corporate network.
Technology is changing, as are attitudes around its use driven in large part by the digital natives. They’re going to want to bring or create their own experience, not just bring their own devices.
It’s urgent for companies to start asking the questions to explore this possibility. If employees can’t create, they’ll leave. They’re already checking out.
Enterprise technology doesn’t make sense to them. It’s an inhibitor to their ability to create, when creating is what they’ve been raised to just go and do. They’re going to keep their jobs while they start something on the side (and build their portfolio, instead of focusing on climbing the career ladder).
Can you imagine what IT would look like if anyone at all could write and deploy apps?
Let me give you a hint… it might look like the Apple App Store and Developer Program. Even more interesting is the results we can expect.