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BYOD As a Strategic Decision

Highlights

BYOD is symbolic of the change in how employees collaborate

BYOD represents a new model of media consumption and collaboration

Virtualized data centers, convergence and network transformation is a user centric shift

Mobile collaboration means more than just unified communications


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A visible symbol of business transformation and technology evolution

The "bring your own device" trend illustrates the importance of transformation agents and how they are beginning to change the way organizations and employees collaborate.

The reality that employees are bringing their personal smart phones and tablets into the enterprise space for professional use is well documented. So are the issues they create for IT. But the transformation of how we all communicate and collaborate is not limited to BYOD. The "bring your own device" trend is merely a symptom of something bigger. A new model of consumption, communication and collaboration.

In the new PC era, the right media for a user is available anywhere, any time, on any device. And, the benefits to a global, mobile workforce are significant as they can collaborate faster and more effectively with a full choice of tools.

When well understood and addressed, a BYOD strategy offers strategic benefits to each level of the organization:

  • For CEOs, this is the opportunity to embrace and enhance employee productivity and competitiveness, reduce turnover and recruit new talent. It provides user’s the experience they crave to ensure mass adoption, which is key to investment business value and ROI.
  • For CFOs, this is a path to funding new initiatives while leveraging existing investments, reducing CAPEX and total cost of ownership (TCO). It also provides a rapid move to scalable OPEX models.
  • For CIOs, it offers agile service delivery, increased innovation with reduced maintenance. Newly defined policy-based management secures data, devices, and users. Flexible architecture allows overlaying existing resources and adaptation of newer technology including hosted service models.
  • For Business Line Managers, it means access to richer services and apps for increased productivity. Prior experience of users promotes adoption providing real ROI. Native multi-media and an agile system promotes the integration of business processes and change management.

BYOD is a symptom of a fundamental shift in the way employees access, consume and interact with content and applications. It is also predictive of virtualized data centers, transformation of the networks that control and provide access to content and applications, and hosted IT service models that are no longer device centric, but rather user centric

Collaboration and mobility initiatives are priorities

Another benefit from supporting BYOD is the acceleration of collaboration among employees.  Unified communications has been around for a while, but true, device independent virtual collaboration is only now a reality.

The enterprise network delivering these applications and services will also transform. The network is becoming more intelligent, intuitive and adaptive. It’s capable of prioritizing critical enterprise traffic to deliver it at the appropriate level required to support communications.

Most importantly, the architecture of the enterprise network is evolving. A more dynamic architecture enables new application and traffic delivery models, optimizing the productivity of end users at all times.