Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/12/it_killjoys_survey/

Consumerisation of IT: What do the end users think?

The big bad IT department

By Phil Mitchell

Posted in Reg Technology Panel, 12th September 2011 11:00 GMT

Survey We’re hearing lots of stories about the ‘consumerisation’ of IT – in other words giving users freedom to choose the equipment and online services they need to do their jobs well – and this is the topic of our latest Reg Reader survey.

We have already had a ton of responses from IT professionals - hardly surprising, given Reg demographics. But we want to make sure that end users - the IT consumers also have the opportunity to make their voices heard.

If you are an end user within a business or public sector organisation, how happy are you with the kit you are supplied with to do your job? Chances are, the PC or Mac you have at home is a lot better than the one you have at work, both in terms of spec and the software it runs.

Still struggling along with a five year-old XP machine that takes 10 minutes to boot, a minute or more to open a document, and what seems like an age to Alt-Tab between windows? In some organisations, the PC will also be locked down, restricting you to a meagre set of apps chosen years ago as standard when you know that there’s better stuff available to get the job done.

And what about other kit? does your organisation provide you with a decent smartphone or tablet – if any at all? If not, what’s the reaction of the IT department when you bring in your equipment and ask for it to be hooked up to the network?

The survey is a biggie, but we'd love to hear from you if you want to vent about how constraining and restrictive IT is in your organisation, or alternatively tell us how great your IT department is at meeting your needs.

You can get started by clicking here.

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