The bring your own device (BYOD) trend was born during the decline of the BlackBerry and rise of the iPhone. While the BlackBerry was the first smartphone to truly captivate the professional world, according to the Washington Business Journal, it was the iPhone that truly sparked the consumerization of IT and forced businesses to begin looking into adopting BYOD strategies.
The iPhone's rapid growth, according to the news source, was due in part to its ability to innovate in the business sector where the BlackBerry could not. So, as more professionals adopted iPhones - and then Android devices - the BlackBerry declined even as BYOD grew.
Today, businesses don't need to concern themselves with where BYOD originated. They need to look to its future. Even companies that have not yet implemented a BYOD solution are looking at where the trend is headed and considering their technological future. And according to some experts, the trend is headed for a decline.
Data spread the flaw of BYOD
The main reason some experts believe BYOD will decline, according to the news source, is the spread of data it can create. As more employees use personal devices, data gets spread across a wide number, and variety, of devices, creating security, information management, compliance and general organizational issues. Additionally, some businesses have trouble integrating the number of devices that their employees want to use. This creates a divide, where Android users may find themselves left out of the BYOD process.
The reports of BYOD's death are greatly exaggerated
However, these issues can be easily remedied. Rather than allowing enterprise applications and data to be spread across user devices, a business can implement a solution to keep all of its data on organizational servers, increasing security, compliance and management. With RDP-based access, employees can still access their Windows applications, desktops and data through remote access, without putting the company at risk or decreasing their own productivity.
With remote access, the worries that BYOD will decline could be superficial, and some businesses can expand their adoption, rather than worry that they are picking up a solution at its end. BYOD's survival isn't a matter of time, but rather when the next big trend hits and overshadows it. To see this occur, businesses will need the right tools to support innovation, like BYOD and remote access.
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