One of the reasons that many end users are so keen on using their own machines versus the one the company provides for work is that they want real application independence.
This is anathema to most traditional IT organizations. But the fact of the matter is that with all the Web 2.0 services available in the world, but it's happening anyway. End users routinely skirt IT to sign up to use any number of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, not to mention loading non-corporate sanctioned applications on their desktop anyway.
So maybe the time has come to come to the realization that if you can't beat them, maybe you should constructively join them. One of the trends we've seen in the past year is the emergence of collaboration frameworks from companies such as Mindjet, Cisco, IBM and Nimbus.
What makes those frameworks interesting in the context of application independence is that they provide a standard framework under which end users can integrate any number of applications. And they provide a standard framework under which access to data can be managed from a compliance perspective.
With a rise of Google Wave and any number of other similar applications, Mindjet chief evangelist Michael Deutch says end users are going to be increasingly living in a visual world of information. An as that continues to happen, they are not going to tolerate limitations on what types of applications they can use to enhance that world.
There are a lot of IT organizations that have maximum control over everything on the client ingrained in their corporate DNA. The end result is almost always a game of cat and mouse between end users and the IT police that is usually a waste of time for all concerned.