The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. GDrive Gives IT the BendsThese days, technologies wend their way up from the consumer realm into the enterprise. Now we hear of a Google Inc. product that could put a fine point on that trend. Last month, news of the search engine provider’s future "GDrive" surfaced. If the reports are right, GDrive acts as a Web-based file back-up system. Users will be able to save their information on the GDrive instead of local computer disks, which means people will be able to access their data from any PC. At press time, GDrive was just a rumour. But what if it comes about? Despite admonitions against using computers in any manner other than that sanctioned by their employers, many people turn to unauthorized applications to do their jobs. Assuming this is the status quo, GDrive could be a real winner among end users. It could spell quick access to important information for sales folks as they attempt to woo new clients. It might give the CEO the wherewithal to pull up his latest presentation even though he forgot to save it to his laptop. But for the IT department, GDrive could be a headache. As government regulations strive to ensure that corporations control the information they produce, here comes Google with a product that lures end users away from the enterprise electronic safety net and towards the Wild Wild Web. Some companies will try to corral this behaviour with stricter computer-usage policies. Others will install remote-access software so users can access data while they’re beyond the office walls – perhaps a more secure method than GDrive. Whatever companies decide to do, it seems the IT department faces some tough choices. As the "trickle-up" phenomenon of consumer technology informing business technology continues, balancing end-user needs and corporate requirements like information control and discretion will become even more difficult.