BYOD: IT execs learn to let go of 'command and control' mindset

The consumerization of IT has some managers giving up gatekeeping. The result? More productive employees, more rewarding tech jobs.

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Sesame Street's Elmo and Big Bird might be all about nurturing and empowerment, but the IT department at parent company Sesame Workshop has historically been a bit more like Oscar the Grouch in its zeal to control technology.

Like most corporate IT shops, Sesame Workshop's 25-person IT group was charged with keeping the data center running smoothly and directing whatever hardware and software platforms were put into play.

The mandate changed, however, a couple of years back when the top IT post was elevated to an executive-level position. The move was part of a plan to help advance the companywide charter of interactive customer engagement via a multitude of media, including the Web, social media networks and mobile platforms.

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