Managing the Changing IT Landscape: User-Centered Computing

Are you ready to let users determine what IT services you deliver? Like it or not, they’re already using their own devices, not to mention the cloud-based services they want. Wouldn't it be easier to include them right from the start?  


I've been writing a lot on the importance of finding the right tool for the job. At the heart of that idea is user-centered computing—an inclusive approach to managing consumerization that puts all users’ needs first.


When I worked for Intel IT, we put this to action by moving away from the one-size-fits-all model to a customized approach that emphasizes the right fit and design for the job. We did this by:


  • Conducting segmentation studies to understand job roles and how people work
  • Inviting employees to participate in pilot studies and early adopter programs to improve and stabilize IT solutions before full deployment
  • Conducting surveys that help:
    • Measure customer satisfaction with existing IT products and services
    • Identify the services that are most important to employees
    • Solicit input on gaps and unfulfilled needs in our service portfolio
  • Providing greater choice and flexibility by offering more options for primary computing devices
  • Establishing and supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and BYO-PC programs


This approach may seem radical, and it does involve changing the culture of IT. However, this change is necessary to fulfill the mission of IT: creating and delivering greater business value.


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