Let’s face it, life in IT can be hard at times, especially as the ever-changing landscape of consumer and enterprise technologies are merging. In truth, C level execs like myself initiated some of IT’s disruption when we sought the convenience of mobile devices. As new technologies are adopted in the workplace, intentionally or unintentionally, priorities must shift to accommodate these changes. While COIT showcases advantages for organizations, IT faces the burden of managing additional security and governance challenges.
According to Forrester the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend is expected to increasingly include laptops in addition to smartphones and tablets. The convergence of mobile and desktop, which is taking place across organizations of all sizes, is empowering people to choose how they want to work. The primary driver behind this convergence is the concept of “bring your own device” (BYOD) in the workplace.
Gartner recently reported in a user survey that two-thirds of all working adults (62%) now regularly use a personal device for business activities. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) craze is less a trend and more a reality of how IT must adapt with a new workforce.
In a recent TabTimes article, Dell surveyed nearly 1,500 IT decision markers regarding BYOD and “70% of respondents think BYOD helps boost employee productivity and customer response time, with 59% adding that they would be at a competitive disadvantage if they did not embrace personally-owned devices.” However, BYOD isn’t just about mobile device management and policy/security controls. As a CEO concerned about the intellectual property of the business, data and apps accessed on devices require additional IT governance.
Data is an organization’s greatest asset and one that should be protected at all times no matter where it is accessed or on what device (desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone). IT’s priority must shift from managing actual devices to managing the data itself. Compounded with this booming COIT trend is the rising impact of BYOA (bring your own application) that further require access to data. Based on what I see within my own organization, BYOA is a trend that is sure to increase significantly over the next few years. We have become dependent on both the convenience and efficiency of Apps that help us get our job done.
Employees have now become a mobile workforce. Having a mobile IT strategy in place will enable organizations to more effectively govern resources, secure corporate data and ensure that employees remain productive independent of location.
How has your organization dealt with the convergence of mobile and desktop? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and strategies. Leave your comments below or continue the conversation on Twitter @AppSense.