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BYOD is Here to Stay

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Gartner considers consumerization of IT to be the single most influential technological trend of this decade. Consumer technologies that include tablets, iPhones, iPads, smartphones, Facebook, and Twitter have slowly started treading their unending journey to the IT sector. This movement is inevitable due to the influx of breakthrough ideas and innovative products in the consumer technology arena.

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BYOD is Here to Stay

  1. 1. BYOD is Here to StayGartner considers consumerization of IT to be the single most influential technological trend of thisdecade. Consumer technologies that include tablets, iPhones, iPads, smartphones, Facebook, andTwitter have slowly started treading their unending journey to the IT sector. This movement is inevitabledue to the influx of breakthrough ideas and innovative products in the consumer technology arena. Withpeople increasingly embracing these latest innovations and getting used to its presence in their personallives, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to manage work with outdated gadgets and devices.Their greatest concern is that they use the most modern technology and powerful devices at home whileat office they have to work with obsolete gadgets. This greatly affects their productivity.There are two ways to address this problem. Enterprises can increase employee productivity bypurchasing latest computing equipments for them. However, such a move can prove costly for thecompanies, as it would increase their expenses sky high. This is because employees prefer to work withdevices that they are most comfortable with and not all employees have the same preferences. Moreover,with technology changing every day companies would have a hard time in keeping pace with rapidchanges on the technology front. Hence, when considering all these aspects, IT provisioning woulddefinitely be a bad move.The second option, which is gaining popularity among employees, is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).BYOD is the result of consumerization of IT. Wikipedia describes BYOD as the trend of bringingpersonally owned mobile devices to the place of work and using those devices to access privilegedcompany resources such as email, file servers, and databases.Though the corporate sector is divided as to whether allow employees to use their own devices for workconsidering the security aspects, the BYOD trend is catching on as more and more employees are usingpersonally owned devices for work related purposes without consent. However, implementing BYODprograms at workplace bring in immense benefits for companies as well as its employees. For companiesBYOD translates into reduced expenses. They need not spend dollars neither for IT provisioning nor formaintenance. In return, the companies get increased productivity and efficiency from their employees. Onthe other hand, BYOD helps employees to save time and effort as they get to work with the most modernand powerful technologies. This not only helps them to get their work done quickly and efficiently but alsoprovides them the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere.BYOD is here to stay and there is nothing that the enterprises can do but to get accustomed to it.However, they need to bring a balance between freedom and control so that it does not threaten security.Also read on - Appliance-Based Remote Desktop, RDP Access

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