A few years from now, will we still be talking about the consumerization of IT? Practically every company supports some sort of smartphone, laptop or tablet that was designed for consumers, not the enterprise.\n\tIn the smartphone space, the big enterprise maker, RIM, is in a death spiral. Meanwhile, consumers are absolutely giddy about the iPhone 5 expected in October. The Apple iPhone is the touchscreen face that launched a thousand Androids, to the chagrin of IT.\n\tLaptops are the only real piece of real estate companies and their IT departments can cling to, yet even this is changing as the computing world moves toward tablets. Perhaps the greatest consumer device in recent years, the iPad rules the tablet market. Microsoft\u2019s Surface is poised to enter the market in the fall.\n\tSo is consumerization of IT a foregone conclusion?\n\tMy guess is that the idea of consumerization of IT will go the same route as e-commerce. In the days before the dot-com bust, everyone was talking about e-commerce. Secure shopping carts were the new thing. Magazines and other media sprouted up to cover the emerging trend.\n\tToday, nobody talks about e-commerce. Why? Because everyone is doing it. You\u2019d be hard-pressed to find a retailing Web site that doesn\u2019t sell products online. The technology has matured to the point where most of us don\u2019t worry much about the safety of the transaction.\n\tWhich brings me to another similarity between the two.\n\tSecurity vendors tried to scare us with horror stories about insecure e-commerce transactions. Our credit cards and identity were at risk, they said. Oddly, identity theft still mostly occurs when our physical credit cards, postal mail or trash containing confidential information has been stolen \u2013 not very digital at all.\n\tNow security vendors and IT departments are trying to scare companies about insecure consumer mobile devices tapping into the corporate network and transacting with sensitive data. They\u2019re calling for draconian policies to wipe machines if they even suspect that they could be compromised.\n\tAnother bugaboo? Probably. But if consumerization of IT does follow in e-commerce\u2019s footsteps, all this hand-wringing will end soon enough. That\u2019s when consumer smartphones, laptops and tablets will be as ubiquitous in the enterprise as cubicles and air conditioning.