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Three ways byod changes company architecture

  1. 1. Three Ways BYOD Changes Company ArchitectureThe Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is really taking root amongcompanies everywhere. It’s a trend that has challenged IT departments tochange the way they think about enterprise IT. I spoke to three companiesthat have found unique solutions in managing the BYOD trend withoutcompromising the user experience.Allowing for Personalization in Company-Issued DevicesHow do you make sure that employees will actually use the devices youassign to them? The key to usability is to allow employees to personalizetheir devices. This is what Level 3 Communications did when they issuedover 1,300 iPads to their sales team. They allowed employees to downloadapps for themselves. Of course this meant that usage on the iPads needed tobe tracked to keep users accountable. To do this, Level 3 uses Apptio toprovide a showback “receipt.” This way the company covers their securityconcerns while still allowing employees to be well versed in iPadfunctionality by encouraging personal use. And the iPads have provenincredibly useful. Level 3 even created custom apps for the sales team thatinclude price quotes, product details, and other essential sales data to increasethe sales team’s efficiency.Multiple Apps Lead to a Simple Log-InWe all access multiple applications and websites which require log-ininformation. Some simplifications have been made towards log-ins. Forexample, just log in on one Google page and you’re logged in across theentire Google line. But what if an app uses two different sites with twodifferent log-ins?Merit Medical Systems ran into this exact problem and turned to Symplifiedfor help creating a single log-in service for their employees. Merit MedicalSystems has hundreds of employees, partners and distributors that accessmultiple software-as-a-service apps, the latest training and other importantinformation. These users are accessing this wide range information using
  2. 2. laptops, iPhones, tablets and other mobile devices. Merit Medical Systemsneeded to regulate who could access what information since much of it wassensitive and regulated data.Symplified helped Merit Medical Systems create a secure central app portalthat is accessed with a single-sign in. The new architecture delivers thecorrect apps for the appropriate users on any device they’re using.Symplified Mobile Edition integrates directly with Active Directory forauthentication, access control and de-provisioning. Symplified MobileEdition also accepts consumer identities provided by Google, Yahoo,Microsoft and other Open ID providers. Technology might seem to begetting more complex, but it’s actually evolving in a way that simplifies theprocesses to create a more usable experience. The key to success is to createtechnology with the user in mind.Focusing on AutomationMentor Graphics Corporation (MGC) is working to automate technologyprocesses and remove some of the burden from their IT staff. MGC istransitioning from a legacy access system used for guest wireless to accesscontrol on wired and wireless for guest/training/contractor access. They planto accomplish this by using the Bradford Networks Solution. MGC plans touse as much automation and integration in each space as possible. The glueof this environment is Bradford Networks -- where automation does notaccomplish their needs, a Global Help Desk is ready at all times.The usability of technology is a top priority in all of these examples.Usability leads to greater efficiency, which is the ultimate goal of any newdevelopment.How has BYOD affected your IT department? What technology are youcatering to your users?For more information visit: