Bring Your Own Device

Apple technologies rewrite BYOD landscape

Erik Eckel explains how Apple is affecting the BYOD policy trend and ensuring that it is here to stay in the enterprise.

Apple sells an astounding number of iPhones and iPads. The numbers are impressive and just keep growing:

The popularity of Apple iPhones and iPads is changing the way enterprise organizations work. BYOD (bring your own device) is likely the year's hottest acronym. And let's be honest. The reason enterprise organizations are scrambling to define and document BYOD information technology policies, and the reason BYOD policies have become such news, is because organizations have lost the battle trying to keep the devices out. Further, as the previous statistics demonstrate, when the devices join the network, they are frequently Apple iPhones and iPads.

Effective one-two punch

Just a few years ago, tablet computer sales were essentially dead in the water. Netbooks were all the rage. Then Apple, in one swift product launch, resurrected the entire tablet segment and almost single-handedly returned tablets to relevance with the introduction of the original iPad.

Smartphones, of course, already possessed momentum. Apple's iPhone proved popular from the start. But as Apple refined the product, and as Exchange integration proved simple and reliable, Research in Motion (RIM) began paying the price. Its once-leading BlackBerry (and associated BlackBerry Enterprise Server) began slipping in favor, and RIM proved unable to find a buyer in 2012, although Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia were mentioned as potential suitors.

Many believe RIM is betting its future with its impending BlackBerry 10 launch. Others are unconvinced, believing RIM is already toast.

Ultimately, Apple's already landed the knockout punch. You can't argue with the statistics above. Nor can you argue with the resulting BYOD policy scramble underway or now completed at most enterprise organizations (a search of BYOD on Google turns up millions of results from just the past year alone).

Together iPhone sales momentum, combined with iPad adoption, changed the way enterprise IT departments accommodate, allow, and support mobile devices. Business owners, directors, and staff simply insisted organizations let them use their devices, often purchased personally, to access the Internet, connect to mailboxes, synchronize calendars, track contacts and more.

Policy proves proper compromise

Hence the fuss over BYOD policies. In the end, such policies are an effective compromise. With the introduction of a well-considered BYOD policy, organizations can help ensure they're properly protected when enabling support and flexibility for an ever-stressed workforce, just as the workforce demands.

About

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

5 comments
Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

many organisations that face serious loss of business and other difficulties if they accept the BYOD position as it it is at the moment due to the breach in security many BYOD devices create. The Australian Department of Defence Signals Directorate recently issued a paper about many concerns with such matters. Although they concentrated on other issues, they also stated a need to re-evaluate the security issues involved in allowing BYOD. One issue a lot of people like glossing over in this matter is the corporate responsibility to provide suitable support for the BYOD devices, and the cost of such support.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

http://www.dsd. gov.au/publications/csocprotect/byod_considerations_for_execs.htm http://www.zdnet. com/au/dsd-issues-advice-for-executives-tackling-byod-7000007861/ I'm sure you can spit the blank space to be removed, and which is which.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

to think about and address - more like a check sheet of what to research and answer before going BYOD.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I have some interesting reading in front of me. ;) Col