re: 4 Steps To A Successful BYOC Program
"When talking BYOD or BYOC, the primary point is to ensure that corporate data is safe."
If there is any data on the device or computer, you are doing it wrong. All of the data should reside on the server with zero confidential data stored on the device or computer.
From mainframe to client-server to cloud is a 360 back to centralized computing. Instead of all workloads running on a mainframe, they runs on a bunch of clustered servers (or possibly a mainframe again) but the principle is the same. Prior to the client-server fiasco, security, data governance, access controls were simple to manage. With client-server, someone thought it would be easier and more secure to have 5,000 computers to manage instead of five and security, data governance, access control, data management, etc took a giant step backwards. The centralized model needed to be modified and instead it was wholesale abandoned. The move back towards centralized will improve manageability, security, access controls, etc... it has been a slow path back toward the mainframe/centralized computing since the internet was invented.
"And finally, who bares the brunt of supporting a user's device when there's some crazy issue that pops up because the user's child's favorite application requires one version of something like Java while the user's role as an employee requires using an application that requires a second (and competing) version?"
You are thinking about this from a client-server mindset. If you do it right, there should be no Java processing on the client side. It should all be done on the server side with end users holding screens that show them what is going on in the server, be it a corporate server or a server on the internet.... Regardless, people seem to be figuring it out now with their own PCs, so I would not be too worried about it. If someone's computer does get really out of whack, just wipe the OS image and start over. As there is nothing on the client side other than a web browser, it isn't a big deal.