March 07, 2011, 10:57 AM — Wells Fargo's IT group has a simple answer for employees who want to hook personal devices up to corporate systems: No.
"They can't connect them to our networks," says Wayne Mekjian, executive vice president and CIO of information services at Wells Fargo. "We won't let them in."
The "just say no" policy applies to Apple iPads, Android tablets and smartphones owned by employees. The company also has strict policies regarding use of Twitter and Facebook, making the sites off-limits to many. Wells Fargo does, however, supply employees with corporate-approved smartphones, and a limited deployment of iPads that can connect to e-mail and other corporate systems.
"I carry two phones. One for personal, and one for work," says Martin Davis, executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo's technology integration office. "I've got two iPads in my briefcase, for personal and work. We keep it separate."
The consumerization of IT has led many large enterprises to reconsider restrictive policies on employee-owned devices. Intel, the chipmaker, allows nearly 10,000 personal devices to connect to its network, primarily for e-mail, contacts and calendaring. Ford Motor Co. has a program to support employee use of iPhones and other consumer devices. Moreover, VMware and other virtualization vendors are building a wall between personal and corporate data and applications on smartphones, making it more secure to use a single device for both work and play.