As the year comes to an end, it is that time when we rejoice in the season’s spirit and bloggers roll out their predictions for the following year. In keeping with that tradition, I recently had the opportunity to be a guest blogger at vmblog.com and share some of my ideas as to what 2012 might bring.
One of the topics will be influenced fairly strongly in the next few weeks as people start to unwrap gifts – the “bring your own device” or BYOD trend. Companies such as Best Buy in the US are expecting tablets such as Apple’s iPad and smartphones to dominate sales this holiday season. With record sales of these smart devices predicted by many retailers, I’m expecting a surge in these devices starting to appear on corporate networks in early 2012. Are you ready for this influx of devices?
Many enterprises I’ve consulted with in the past year on this very topic have policies that prohibit use of personal devices but experience is showing that these policies are under fire from the top down. It often starts with top level managers sporting the new technology and wanting to leverage the flexibility these platforms provide. As rules are bent, so the policy loses its enforcement and more employees jump on and pressure IT to conform to user demands.
While this creates pressure, it also creates an opportunity. There are quite a few IT shops that are changing to adapt to the BYOD trend. They’ve made changes in their corporate policies but more importantly they are adapting work flows and tools to accommodate employee demands and to also meet the security and compliance mandates of the organization. I anticipate you will see regular blog posts on this topic throughout the first quarter of 2012.
I’m interested in what your thoughts are on BYOD and what your experiences are as we change our calendars forward.
My colleagues and I would like to wish you a very happy holiday season.