Here is the next question for instructional technology. What would this mean for schools? Would people/students bring their own machines into school buildings? How would school or university instructional technology departments adjust to this when children are bringing laptops with them regularly to class?
Will You Bring Your Own PC To Work?
Contributed by Mike on Friday, May 7th, 2004 @ 01:29PM
from the changing-times dept.
People often have emotional attachments with their computers, even if that computer is supplied by their employers. Going one step beyond the concept of telecommuting and the so-called commoditization of IT, some are wondering if a few years from now, people will be expected to bring their own computers to work, the same way they're expected to drive their own cars to work. And, if that's the case, what will it mean for the traditional role of the IT staffer who used to have to get you set up with your computer and help you troubleshoot when things weren't working properly? The article suggests it may mean fewer IT jobs, since they won't have to manager purchasing new machines and applications. However, it could mean a shift of those jobs towards the new problem: making all of those different PC configurations work together properly. Of course, that seems like an opportunity as well. If things really do progress in this manner, there will be a greater need for automation tools that can help configure a machine to work within a specific corporate network environment.