The bring-your-own-device enterprise mobility trend is one of those enterprise technology influences that moves fast, often far quicker than companies can keep up with.
Companies should prep for even more consumerization next year
The bring-your-own-device enterprise mobility trend is one of those enterprise technology influences that moves fast, often far quicker than companies can keep up with. According to a recent InfoWorld report, if organizations thought 2011 was a big year for consumerization they may be shocked for what's in store next year.
Fortunately, there is a growing segment of companies that have realized the benefits of BYOD programs and are taking the bull by the horns, according to InfoWorld, which said 50 percent of firms now support consumer technology in some way.
"Many companies that have accepted the BYOD phenomenon are taking the next step, shifting from a passive acceptance spurred on by employees and executives who would use iPhones, iPads, and Androids anyhow to active exploitation of BYOD to increase productivity and reduce mobile telecom costs," Galen Gruman wrote for the news provider.
It's not as if these companies are in the clear, however, the report stated. Instead, they should be working to expand their support programs to deal with the expansion of consumerization. Specifically, they should move beyond simple mobile device management to also focus on mobile application management, according to Gruman.
Traditional MDM is no longer enough to oversee a stable of employee-owned devices, Gruman said, because the practice mainly addresses smartphones that access enterprise email. Instead, companies should prioritize how they will manage devices connecting to the network and accessing confidential data.
What's more, mobile application management is also now more important than ever. With these tools, organizations must secure and oversee the content of apps downloaded to employees' devices, effectively distribute native corporate apps to users and determine which software will be granted access to the network and enterprise data, according to InfoWorld.
Once organizations have those areas nailed down, they can turn their attention to the next phase of BYOD, Gruman said, which will go beyond smartphones and tablets. One day, the trend will blossom into BYOPC - or bring your own personal computer. In some instances this has already occurred, as employees access email and other software through their home desktops.
Until that becomes more widespread, it's a good idea for organizations to focus on mobile devices. That's not only because of the management they require, but also, according to experts, because of the fact that BYOD can save an organization on mobility costs while also promoting a satisfied workforce.
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