Bring your own device (BYOD) has been a controversial subject throughout 2012. With some businesses fully embracing the trend and others more cautiously implementing BYOD solutions, many have taken steps to utilize the powerful benefits that it can provide. However, with the evolution of technology and the constant growth of the cloud, some experts are wondering where BYOD and the consumerization of IT will go in 2013. According to IDG News Service, cloud computing may be the next major trend to heavily affect BYOD.
"Software as a service deployment models have been rapidly taken up," said Matthew Oostveen, head of research for IDC. "Research shows that by 2014, 80 percent of new software will be available via a cloud. The reason for this, of course, is to associate the need for applications and data and workloads on the move this mobile workforce is going to have."
With more businesses utilizing BYOD, they need solutions for providing employees with data and applications to do their jobs on those devices. The cloud provides a convenient, flexible answer to this need, with versatile access. However, in order to fully take advantage of any benefits the cloud offers, businesses will need the right access tools for secure, reliable use.
With cloud services and DaaS (Desktops as a Service) providing a new model for replacing physical PCs with virtual desktops, businesses need to focus on providing simple and secure access to these hosted resources. With Ericom's AccessNow and an SSL VPN, a business can allow for any mobile device, from iPads to Android smartphones, to be part of its BYOD policy, and ensure that data and apps remain securely where they are supposed to be, not on the employee's device where it could be lost or stolen.
"The personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content, access their services and personal preferences and centre their digital lives," David Cearley, an employee of Gartner, told the news source. "It will be the glue that connects the web of devices they choose to use during different aspects of their daily lives. Users will see it as a portable, always-available place where they go for all their digital needs."
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