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Gartner: BYOD is the most radical shift in business mobility

With so many new technology options for business, it can be difficult to separate the hype from the truly valuable.


Gartner: BYOD is the most radical shift in business mobility

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With so many new technology options for business, it can be difficult to separate the hype from the truly valuable. However, it is also important to realize that value can exist within hype. While many have mixed feelings about the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, it represents the single most radical shift in the economics of client computing for business, according to a recent Gartner release.

Consumer mobile innovation in business
Gartner identified innovation as one of the advantages companies gain by accepting BYOD. Technology adoption among consumers is much faster than it is in the business world due to the large amount of analysis companies must conduct before deciding on solutions. Implementing programs such as BYOD can allow a company to take advantage of the much more fast-paced adoption rate while also adding value to employees.

"With the wide range of capabilities brought by mobile devices, and the myriad ways in which business processes are being reinvented as a result, we are entering a time of tremendous change," said David Willis, Vice President and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The market for mobile devices is booming and the basic device used in business compared to those used by consumers is converging. Simultaneously, advances in network performance allow the personal device to be married to powerful software that resides in the cloud."

Gartner said the best way to successfully implement BYOD is with a mixture of company policies, mobile device management (MDM) software and infrastructure controls to ensure the large number of devices do not put an excessive strain on the business network. Businesses should also look toward the future and consider mobile application management (MAM) solutions that feature enterprise application stores.

Mobile device security: Apps everywhere
One of the challenges that will need to be addressed in the long term is the threat of malicious applications. As a recent Business Insider report indicated, mobile downloads from the Apple App Store will likely surpass 45 billion this year, with 25 billion of those occurring in 2012 alone. The fact that over half of total App Store downloads are expected to happen over the course of a single year is significant because it shows just how rapidly consumers and businesses are adopting mobile technology.

As more organizations implement BYOD strategies, it will be increasingly important to consider the threat of malicious apps and take steps to protect critical business data and resources. With MAM technology, companies can use blacklists and whitelists to control which applications employees can use within the corporate infrastructure.

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