While many travel into the world of BYOD undaunted, a significant number have pumped their brakes due to perceived security complexities, support difficulties and a non-existent ROI. Will widespread adoption stall or plummet?
If you've taken flight since the start of the digital age, you know its a FAA regulation to have your personal electronic device (PED) powered off during takeoff and landing. This fact can be verified by Alec Baldwin. The rule remains in effect for good reason; according to the FAA, "at a lower altitude, any potential interference could be more of a safety hazard as the cockpit crew focuses on critical arrival and departure duties."
Do you Wi-Fi, or do you data hog? That is the question. Right now, a best practice for staying under your data limit is to maintain awareness of your consumption level. Individuals who stay on top of this usually know where the next-closest Wi-Fi network is. And make a habit of staying connected to it early and often! As per a report from comScore (comparing users of the top two most popular mobile platforms) you're more likely to receive this helpful advise from an iPhone user than you are an Android user. This information spells both good and bad news for IT administrators tasked with managing a diverse mix of smartphones and tablets.
Technology has made March Madness madder than ever, giving the term a whole new meaning around the office. Especially with games tipping off between the hours of 9 and 5. According to a recent survey of 500 IT professionals (conducted by Braun Research), the NCAA college basketball tournament has been identified by 42% as a corporate network inhibitor. 37% reported slower speeds and 34% say the hoops tourny shut down their network for an extended period of time. It's easy to imagine how this is happening with employees streaming games from their work computers. The chances of your employees engaging in the same type of activity is relatively high. Bracketology, after all, can leave pride, money, and other unspeakables on the table.
Results from the latest MDM report by InformationWeek demonstrate the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend has grown considerably in the past year. If the next report's results are consistent with the past two, BYOD will continue growing until it is a complete normality in the enterprise. This year's survey respondents (323 technology professionals from 50+ person business environments) added a considerable margin to the already-high percentages from last year's survey responses that indicated BYOD acceptance, implementation, and/or future planning were a part of their IT strategy.