What is the consumerization of IT?

If you backtrack in the IT industry, technology used to get started as government or Department of Defense applications, then over time it would migrate to business applications, then later would migrate to consumer applications. That’s how the Internet started – as a pure military network. In the last 10 years, what we’ve seen is a technology reversal. Things start as consumer technology that over time migrate into the enterprise, and last of all to the government. It’s a strange world to live in, given where we’ve come from. Enterprises have much less say and power than they used to, because if the end user is picking their own technologies, and pulling them into the enterprise, it’s more difficult for the enterprise. They used to say only use this device, etc. Now consumers are driving the technology change.

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