The consumerization of IT has mobile workers and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enthusiasts knocking at the door of the enterprise. Some organizations have been quick to answer the call; rapidly expanding well-established programs for mobile device usage and management. Others remain a bit more pensive in their strategy formation. When it comes to mobile device management (MDM), Gartner analysts believe new and expanding programs should be driven by clearly defined and measurable business objectives.
Tablets and smartphones have become very popular among health practitioners and have redefined the doctor-patient relationship. While universities and hospitals are allocating budgets for developing medical applications for the iPads and iPhones, doctors and nurses are using them to keep track of patient records, discuss medical cases in online forums, view clinical data and issue prescriptions. The mobile technology has influenced the medical industry remarkably.
Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks--more recently ultrabooks--have enriched the mobility space and made it more complex. The influence of these mobile devices can be experienced everywhere: airports, shopping complexes, hospitals, museums, schools, colleges and also our workplaces. They've erased corporate boundaries but at the same time, they've raised many data security concerns.
Do your employees use smartphones at work? Do your employees access business resources from their devices with or without permission? Does your staff use social media services like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to do business or for recruiting talent? If the answer to any of the above questions is Yes, your organization is hit by the “Consumerization of IT” trend.