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BYOD without tears: Impact and challenge for network engineers

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Executive Summary

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is as much a sign of cultural change as it is an indicator of prevailing technology trends. Shifting work patterns and the need to be smarter and more flexible have neatly coincided with the proliferation of connected devices like smartphones, tablets and netbooks.

For most it's a marriage made in heaven. Users like the freedom, spontaneity and instant-on availability of mobile and portable devices. Employers like the creativity, productivity and extended working they encourage from staff. But network performance and security concerns can arise when employees want to use their personal devices at work. Yet it is now regarded as restrictive and outmoded to not allow such use.

With the analyst firm Forrester predicting there will soon be an average 3.2 devices per user in the enterprise, it is clear that it is a trend that cannot be ignored nor halted. BYOD is here to stay whether we like it or not. However, steps must be taken, and taken now, to ensure companies are ready for BYOD. This Fluke Networks white paper looks at the challenges of integrating BYOD with corporate networks in a way that BYOD does not compromise connectivity or performance for established wired and wireless users.

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