In the same way that company vehicles have largely been done away with and replaced with allowances to enable staff to purchase their own vehicles, so too are company supplied phones and computers tending towards being self-supplied.
Of course this trend dovetails exceptionally well with a move to cloud computing – if I compute in the cloud it makes no difference whether I use Windows, Linux or MacOS. If my office productivity apps are in the cloud IT doesn’t need to bother getting hold of my machine to run upgrades or sort out conflicts – it can all be managed remotely.
This move can only be good for corporate staffers – anything that removes them from a homogenised cubicle-bound, gray-box using automaton has to be positive.Obviously all this also goes hand in hand with flexible workplace practices, remote working and the resulting environmental benefits that these brings. So it’s a win all around – good for the workers, good for the environment and ultimately good for the enterprise – nice!