Dan Briody comments on an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing companies which ban public communication services:

I'm not going to argue that these technologies are often used for personal reasons. They are. But so are phones, and e-mail, and water coolers, and bathrooms. And they do come in handy. Instant messaging is a far quicker way to communicate than e-mail. Personal Web e-mail accounts are great backups for corporate server outages. And any company that's not looking hard at switching their entire telecommunications system over to the IP network is already behind the game. Bandwidth concerns? Please. Within 10 years every piece of business communication will be running through the IP network.
Now what's the technology direction for bathrooms and water coolers?

On the other hand, perhaps the reason some of the companies mentioned have locked up public communication services is that they have business-quality products deployed or in plan, and are going to use enterprise connections like those in the new Sametime 7.5 to manage the connectivity for their enterprise.

Still, I think open and available is the way to go.  I really appreciate that IBM acknowledges that some personal use of corporate resources is bound to happen, and not to make us punch codes into the copier/FAX to use it, not to block eddiebauer.com, and not to turn off ports for AOL/Skype etc.

Link: eWeek Biz Bytes: The Absurd Crackdown on Free Internet Services > (Thanks, boss)

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