A game-changing growth opportunity within the IT industry is under way, requiring a host of new, and necessary skill sets. BYOD, a movement that is setting the tone for a world in which there are no more company-issued laptops/tablets/smartphones, is promising to change the cultural landscape as we now know it, and gaining momentum daily. BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, poses a unique set of issues for companies wanting to remain in the game.
The recent report from Gartner is predicting that, with 70 percent of companies adopting it by 2017, BYOD is looking all but certain. It’s true that BYOD can provide cost efficiencies for corporations, with employees paying for their own hardware, but, at the same time, the IT industry must be prepared to address the Pandora’s box that, once opened, cannot be closed.
BYOD is more than meets the IT eye. It is important for industry and IT experts to understand the full impact of this trend. There is a trade-off for both corporations and IT professionals alike. Money will be saved from purchasing hardware that becomes obsolete before the final check is sent, however, there is, and will continue to be, a direct financial impact to IT departments—increased spend for new security measures, policy making and training, as well as the costs associated with learning curves within IT departments. IT needs to be prepared for ways to manage the fleet of user-owned devices accessing corporate networks:
- Security management
- The balancing act between personal and professional applications
- Data plans
- Access rights
- Remote access management
- Lost and stolen devices
- Employee exit SOP etc.
- Disarming the “landmines”
These new opportunities will continue to catapult the industry into the next level, removing hardware, disarming bombs….stage completed.
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