The corporate IT landscape is changing – and it’s changing fast! According to a recent study by Forrester Research, 60% of employees use their personal mobile devices at work. And with these smartphones and tablets being used for everything from running work-related applications to playing angry birds, all this authorized – and sometimes unauthorized – network activity can result in a very real set of ramifications.
The consumerization of IT is here to stay:
The IT industry has dubbed this revolution as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD for short; and it’s probably safe to assume that this trend is not going anywhere anytime soon – especially with research giants like Gartner Inc. claiming this to be the single most radical shift since the introduction of the personal computer.
What’s more alarming is that while this new technological shift is filled with a host of opportunities – it is also fraught with any number of challenges, as IT managers, CIOs and security administrators must work to maintain control over their corporate data experience without burdening their internal IT staffs or negatively impacting user experience.
A Unified, proactive approach to BYOD:
This is where a unified and proactive approach to BYOD adoption is necessary. If IT teams wait to see how the landscape takes shape, it will be too late. A lack of clearly focused BYOD policies and infrastructure does not just affect the IT team. Its effects are felt throughout the enterprise, reverberating within the HR, legal, and financial departments, as well as affecting those employees and clients who need to stay connected in order to remain productive.
To that end, a unified approach to BYOD adoption policy needs to cast a wide net, covering issues such as:
- Approval of mobile devices
- Registration and on-boarding
- Usage policies
- Budget constraints
- Infrastructure restrictions
Without this unified network management approach – one that extends to the end user – the costs and resources necessary to manage the BYOD initiative becomes overwhelming, taxing the company beyond its limits.
At Enterasys, our whitepaper, “A Roadmap for BYOD Adoption,” offers further insight into the steps needed to ensure a smooth adoption strategy. Starting with a detailed analysis of the current landscape, the whitepaper outlines what it takes to create a unified structure that allows for a quick adaption to regularly changing network connectivity and usage demands. Download our whitepaper to learn more.