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Will BYOD Give Rise to the Enterprise Genius Bar?

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Will BYOD Give Rise to the Enterprise Genius Bar?

As the invasion of consumer tech changes IT, it makes sense that support for consumer devices would start to reflect the retail experience. Think Apples Genius Bar. Mike Burgio of Inergex, an IT services firm, talks about why IT leaders need to think about hitting the bar.

CIOs would do well to tap into Apple's retail flare and improve IT's sour relationship with the business side. Specifically, Apple's super-friendly Genius Bar fosters a cozy connection with patrons. This stands in stark contrast to the often hair-pulling customer interaction of a traditional help desk call.

So why not an enterprise Genius Bar at your company? "It's a good face lift," says Mike Burgio, vice president of managed services operations at Inergex, an IT services firm.

Apple iPhones, iPads and retail stores have redefined people's relationship with technology, which, in turn, has helped drive the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. Rather than lament the loss of control that goes along with BYOD, CIOs can take a page from the BYOD playbook and turn their help desk into a retail-like service desk.

An enterprise Genius Bar is basically a walk-in center for employees to not only service their BYOD phones and tablets but also check out the latest gadgets on the market, receive tutorials on enterprise apps, and chat about where cool tech is heading. This doesn't mean that IT workers will have to wear Apple's trademark blue Genius shirts, but they will need retail people skills.

Enterprise Genius Bars aren't pie-in-the-sky concepts. Tech companies such as SAP have already built such next-generation service centers around the world. There are even a few of SAP's "mobile IT solution centers" in the United States.


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