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A look back at IT consumerization in 2012

Over the course of 2012, IT consumerization really gained steam, which meant that IT administrators were faced with a new set of problems at work.

New mobile devices, cloud services, operating systems and management tools have set the stage for a different kind of IT department. The news stories, expert tips and other content in this year-end package will help you get caught up on all the consumerization happenings in 2012. Take a look back at how IT changed this year and get a glimpse of what you can look forward to in 2013.

Top 10 IT consumerization news of 2012

2012 brought tons of consumerization news. Users spent 2012 trying to become more productive while IT administrators tried to deal with all the consumer technology that made its way into the enterprise. New mobile devices and cloud storage and file-sharing services helped usher in an exciting yet worrisome era for IT.

Top 10 IT consumerization and BYOD tips of 2012

It's tough for admins to manage employees' use of personal mobile devices and cloud services, but our experts had you covered in 2012. Some of their most popular tips covered Windows 8’s SkyDrive integration, Android business apps, and the new features in iOS 6, plus BYOD tips on cost sharing and policy writing.  

Interested in learning more about consumerization at a live event? Find out more about TechTarget’s Consumerization of IT Seminar with Brian Madden, coming to multiple U.S. cities in 2013.

Top 10 vendors that get IT consumerization

Some tech vendors disrupt traditional IT with their consumer focus, but others understand IT pros’ consumerization concerns and make products that will help. As the year winds down, it's time to give some praise to vendors that get the consumerization of IT, including Samsung, MokaFive, Salesforce and Citrix Systems.

Top 5 tech gifts coming to the workplace

Before BYOD and the consumerization of IT, administrators didn't have to worry about workers bringing their holiday swag to the office. But today, consumers are eyeing the latest tech gadgets as potential gifts -- and those "toys" also help people at work. This year, keep an eye out for the iPad Mini, Samsung Chromebook and iPhone 5, to name a few.


This was first published in December 2012

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