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At the end of last week, Cisco’s OJ Winge published a blog announcing that the company would cease investments in its Cius tablet. Does this mean it’s end-of-lifing it or killing it as I’ve read in many of the press articles? No, it does not.

In fact, if you read the rest of the blog post, Winge states that Cisco would continue to support the existing base of Cius tablets (which is small) and make the Cisco-branded tablet available to a handful of customers that require a ruggedized, corporate-first tablet. With that being said, the fact remains that we won’t be seeing the Cius tablet in the hands of your doctor or at Best Buy any time soon as it’s not a big focus point for Cisco.

I’ve been doing a series of interviews with IT executives over the past few months about their technology plans for the back half of 2012. I’ve had a number of discussions on a variety of topic areas but there has been a big theme that I’ve noticed. It seems one of the biggest challenges with IT is dealing with so many issues that were once exceptions to IT, or even not allowed, that have become part of the new norm for IT.

For example, and this has become obvious to most, take the whole BYOD wave. Consumer devices were once brought in on an exception basis. High-performing workers, business leaders and, my favorite, the loud worker who complains so much that IT caves were once the exceptions to the “no consumer device” policy. Now, of course, BYOD hasn’t just become the norm – many organizations use it as a way of attracting employees. One of the main drivers for BYOD revolves around another exception and that is the fact the users feel they have better technology at home than they do in the workplace. A decade ago, many individuals feared technology so they left the decision making to IT. Today, everyone’s an expert.

Being in my mid 40s automatically makes me a fan of 80s music. There was a Bonnie Tyler song that had lyrics that went “Where have all the good men gone and where are all the Gods? Where’s the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds? Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?”

Despite her incredibly bad 80s hair, it was a pretty good song and reminds me a lot of my IT days back in the 90s. We were those white knights on steeds and were viewed as the all-knowing, all-powerful IT group – The Q (Star Trek reference) of our generation. Now, the dirty little IT secret was that we engineered it to be that way. IT procured all the devices, all the applications and controlled the entire end-to-end experience. If a user experienced a problem, IT could ride in on its steed and quickly solve the problem because IT owned the entire lifecycle of the application, so troubleshooting, while difficult, was doable.

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