A long time ago, when someone learned a trade they had to first learn to make the tools of their trade before they could apprentice with a master craftsman.
As a tradesman learned to use those tools in the pursuit of their chosen craft they would often discover better ways of doing things and would create new tools that allowed them to be both more creative and to work smarter. This sort of technological advancement worked well for a long time.
Then along came the industrial revolution. Standardisation became the key to mass reproducibility of products, and along with manufacturing standardisation came tool standardisation. Technological advancement continued, but craftsman still used, more-or-less the same tools.
With the advent of Distributed and Mobile Information Technology, companies continued the trend in standardisation. The advantage was that everyone in the same division or functional area used the same platform and applications.
From an infrastructure standpoint it meant easily supportable standardised configurations. If a system became not repairable, you could easily replace it. Most systems and software applications were were commodity items that could be bulk-purchased and licensed at a discount.
As the use of wireless networks has increased and commodity device prices to fall, the use of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)… personal devices, owned by employees and contractors rather than the employer was seen by some as a way to reduce the cost of corporate computing overhead… but the technological and security challenges for companies that were never fully considered in the past have hit hard, and with it a whole new set of costs.
Network and data security, typically implemented around the centralised data-centre architecture had to be re-thought. Many companies were still struggling with those issues when the advent of cloud-computing… a still natal technology that is still experiencing the pains of juvenile immaturity… tossed a monkey-wrench in the works.
New technology might be fun and exciting for those of us who are technologists and craftsmen, but from a business standpoint it is a double-edged sword.
With so many companies finding an ever increasing dependence upon eCommerce, the state of technology has only increased the potential for loss of data due to theft or network intrusion.
And because of this, the idea being promoted by some of BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools) … i.e. non-standardised applications, is neither a good or welcome idea right now. It’s like bringing your own books to the library because you don’t like whats on the shelves.