Bring Your Own Device culture is here to stay

June 12, 2013

Bring Your Own Device commonly referred to as BYOD has attracted a lot of publicity over the last three years thanks to ever increasing consumption of IT products that has placed additional demands on technology organizations. BYOD has transformed tech enterprises and has gone beyond offering users a flexible path to access networks and in turn has presented fresh opportunities for tech world to contribute productivity at strategic levels. Despite the rosy picture, users have to find solution on how to ensure implementation methods can control access and maintain productivity. The end user experiences need to keep data secure and protect it across multiple end points. Such a step would require finding ways to ensure that applications and data services are ubiquitous regardless of the device user uses. Although BYOD is the most visible transformation of the tech industry, the key driver has been the advent of new personal computing devices like iPads.

As a BYOD addict, the new culture has altered the way as a user I leverage technology with a good number of friends in the tech industry across the world. This has had a huge impact on the management of enterprise mobility as well because plenty of staff in the IT industry takes their devices to their workstations. Individuals need to take a proactive, strategic approach built around flexible policies in the BYOD phenomenal. The main challenge remains on how to acquire the right security and management tools that will guarantee quality data is efficiently availed to individuals across multiple devices of their choice at their convenience. I must admit that BYOD culture has reduced my operational costs and has allowed me to save considerable amount of time that has enabled me to reinvest into other businesses. Unfortunately, not all employers offer easy access to companies owned devices and I know of several company employees whose employers control their access to the corporate network and data through non-employers devices. However, organizations that are enlightened and recognizes this global trend, have modernized their IT structures that have resulted according to research to a more effective and happier employees.

Contador Harrison