BYOD Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

BYOD has been dominating analyst reports, enterprise IT strategies and the tech media for some time now. But some recent analysis is suggesting that the device focus is missing the bigger, more complex picture.

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BYOD is a fact of life for the enterprise. Heck, I was using my own PD to access corporate email systems in the late 1990s and the number of people demanding access from their tablet or smartphone over the last five years has grown almost exponentially.

A recent survey commissioned by LogMeIn and carried out by Edge Strategies found that "73% of companies report that employee-introduced apps are actively being used in the workplace". Even though it's a survey commissioned by a vendor with a vested interest in the result (remotely accessing corporate apps using LogMeIn is a way to curb your staff's desire to use their own apps), it's a telling number that points to the increased complexity IT managers are facing.

When staff bring their own hardware to the office, it usually means a radical rethink of how the network and security hang together. Anecdotally, I've seen the main driver to be when an executive gets a new device and wants to use it in the office.

The same is happening with apps that are being brought to the office. This is making enterprise architects rethink how they build applications, segregate data and deal with identity and access management.

BYOA (where the A is for apps or architecture) is probably the last nail in the coffin of the standard operating environment. Sure, some companies are still holding on to the idea that everyone gets the same computer, mobile device and software but that is changing.


    For me BYOA predates BYOD - I was bringing a USB drive with the PortableApps suite to work when it was just portable Firefox, back in 2004. When a portable version of OpenOffice became available in 2005, it was a God-send, as my employer was stubbornly sticking to MS Office 97.

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