My employer currently has a strict SOE (Standard Operating Environment) policy for company computers. This means that all software installation on my work laptop must be approved, and group policy is set up so that as a user I'm blocked from installing applications on my computer.
I want to justify the installation of utility applications such as Notepad++, WinGrep and WinMerge which I find very useful. These utilities are much better than default apps which come built-in with windows.
In addition, I want to drive company IT culture away from the "one size fits all" mentality that currently pervades.
What advice do you have for:
- Justifying the apps I've mentioned; and
- Moving the culture away from the one size fits all so that users can install apps we find useful to our work.