BYOD signals a broad shift in the enterprise
Immediate steps can address security, access and management issues
Long-term strategies deliver efficiency and collaboration
Bring your own device is more than wireless access and security issue
BYOD is not a consumer revolution. It is an evolution.
The consumer driven "bring your own device" (BYOD) to work trend is a clear example of the evolution occurring in the enterprise today. This trend of using social networks, mobile devices and increased visual content redefines the way people communicate and collaborate at work.
Employees are driving this model. It is an extension of the Personal Cloud where everything is available at any time, from anywhere, on any device.
Bring your own device is a reality for almost every enterprise, whether they want it to be or not. Controlling the in-house BYOD trend is important, however, the real challenge is to prepare for a new paradigm of enterprise communications. The next generation of enterprise networks must support smart mobile devices which changes the way IT accommodates the communication habits and benefits employees have in their consumer lives.
According to one 2012 report from Information Week, "two-thirds of companies cite positive benefits related to consumerization."
This evolution is way beyond cool. It is about the experience and how much more efficient and productive users have become with them and they want the same from their work devices.
The value of new consumer tools is clearly established. So what's next? Adapting enterprise policies, applications and networks to capitalize on them.