August 15, 2012

Mobility Temperature Check: Just How Hot Is BYOD?


Powerful smart phones and tablet computers with fast wireless connections have made it possible for workers to be productive from nearly anywhere. However, the balance of power over device selection and procurement has begun to shift as employees clamor to connect their personal mobile devices to the corporate network. IT and telecom groups accustomed to procuring, configuring and managing enterprise-class devices such as laptop computers and BlackBerry smart phones, as well as the applications that run on them, are now confronted with droves of small, untethered non-corporate devices. These devices might be running any of a half dozen or more mobile operating systems (OSs).

Enterprises are trying to determine if and how to connect them to data resources securely and how to manage wireless expenses effectively in an environment that no longer contains network borders.

In short, corporate mobility - and, in particular, the "bring your own device" (BYOD) approach to device procurement - is turning the traditional approach to device provisioning, management and security upside down.

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