In the first of a two-part series, I take a look at the hype surrounding the consumerization of IT, why I believe that the enterprise is taking on more than it expects and how to prepare for, and hopefully prevent, a potential backlash.
IT consumerization has generated it's unfair share of hype. The simple appeal of putting the cost burden for device purchase and care on the shoulders (and wallets) of end-users appears to be an elegant solution to what has been a thorny problem. I believe consumerization is more than getting to choose your own device. Failing to anticipate and prepare for the changing rules of IT risks a cost and compliance blowout and an IT backlash as I highlighted in my Top 12 IT Management Trends for 2012 series.