The IT industry has always been a fast paced, ever evolving landscape of new technology, new ways to implement old technology, and new trends to avoid or adopt. In 2012 one of the most important of those trends was the consumerization of IT, or bring your own device (BYOD). According to Silicon Republic, BYOD has been steadily gaining more publicity and awareness since the start of the year, culminating to an inescapable shift in how businesses are using mobile technology today. It helps businesses save money, improve employee productivity and in the end, results in a happier, more efficient workplace. This is due in part to a drastically changing culture regarding IT, and driven by the "live to work" mindset.
For some businesses, adopting a BYOD solution will come as a culture shock. The drastic change in how IT operates following the deluge of mobile devices into the work environment can be astounding. Many employees suddenly rely on their own knowledge of their personal devices, rather than asking IT for help, and the end-user (employees) are becoming more important as the primary IT servicer of their own technology, rather than the company tech team.
Budgets and security
BYOD is perhaps having the most significant impact on how businesses view IT budgets and security, though. For some, BYOD is an excellent way to reduce the cost of purchasing, maintaining and repairing technology in the workplace. No longer does a business have to issue employees laptops or even desktops or office phones, as those professionals will be using their own tablets, smartphones and laptops to work. This allows businesses to focus their IT funds on more critical endeavors, such as improving network infrastructure, adopting cloud services, or implementing desktop virtualization solutions.
BYOD also changes the way that businesses look at security - sometimes for the worse. Security awareness goes hand in hand with BYOD, and technology news sources are heralding BYOD's benefits and criticizing its security flaws in equal measure. For some businesses, this raises an interesting topic that has to be addressed quickly: Is our data secure? However adopting BYOD doesn't reduce security, it simply helps point out issues that may already exist.
To avoid security issues and implement BYOD successfully, businesses have to ensure that their data and enterprise apps are secure. This means implementing training, the right protocols, and the right access tools, such as an RDP client, to ensure that data isn't put at risk as more employees utilize it through mobile devices.
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