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The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
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Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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3/21/2013 | 3:50:12 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
Interesting thoughts. As noted, many companies were already struggling to adopt a strict set of BYOD standards even with only one or two different devices primarily being used among employees. As the use of mobile devices diversifies, I agree this could lead to some form corporate BYOD boundaries, which while may be against the "spirit" of BYOD could become necessary.
lgarey@techweb.com
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lgarey@techweb.com,
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3/21/2013 | 3:52:58 PM
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I think the Chromebook is Google's secret weapon. People can't do everything on phones or even tablets, and the attractiveness of $250, lightweight laptop as a complement to an Android phone is powerful. As you say, people who buy in to Google's cloud don't have to spend for an iPad plus a keyboard, and they don't have to deal with the security issues of Windows. Lorna Garey, IW Reports
David Berlind
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David Berlind,
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3/21/2013 | 7:30:54 PM
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Lorna, the Chromebook, Cromebox, and Chrome browser (desktop, mobile, tabelet) all align very nicely to create a compelling reason for going all cloud. I have all of the above and to the extent that Google's cloud embodies my computing environment, I can pick any one of the devices to engage with that environment as though it's one of the other devices. Maybe the Chromebook is better when I have to draft some letters on the train. The Chromebox hooked to a big flat panel at my desk is great too. Then, my Nexus 7 tablet and Android phone for going even more portable. If I'm looking at some Web page on my Chromebook, I can flip to that same page very easily on any of the other devices. Google's cloud keeps them all in sync for me (bookmarks, passwords, etc. too). But, to get the full benefits, you almost have to go full cloud which is a big business decision that has to come from the top. Otherwise, heavy clients will work their way in.
David Berlind
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David Berlind,
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3/21/2013 | 7:52:48 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
Thanks Bryan. The myriad options with end users clamoring for support on why some little feature isn't working properly will drive the need to standardize. It's practically a time honored tradition in IT circles. It'll be BYODALAIOTAL. Bring your own device as long as it's on the approved list.
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Byurcan,
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3/21/2013 | 8:03:11 PM
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I wonder if that acronym will catch on!
Midnight
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Midnight,
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3/21/2013 | 8:06:07 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
I invite people to consider a very important concept. BYOD is a myth because it is not new. The acronym was made up by marketing folks trying to slip one into IT's language. My advice is Don't Buy In Any Further.
This is flying in the face of the current media pressure wave, so why would I say something so seemingly counter-intuitive? The answer is in our history as IT. Trivia question - What was the first "BYOD" wave? And how did affect business as a whole? As much as Microsoft or Apple would want to claim that crown, it was neither. If you don't remember the Commodore 64/128 computers, then look them up in the history books of the '80s. These were the first PC type computers that made a real change in the way we do business. (Brief history) Back then it was the age of the mainframe. Accounting had to wait for batch jobs just to get a spreadsheet done. Enter these little machines running CPM OS, that could do the same job right on the desk without waiting for a mainframe queue. It was pure magic at the time. The result was a wildfire expansion of vendors, custom applications and incompatible file formats. (sound familiar) Modern IT policies and procedures were born from this madness and refined over decades.
So now the new "kids" want to bring their toys to class and are trying their hardest to make us believe that this environment is in some way "new." Smartphone tech was addressed when we incorporated Blackberry technologies. As soon as the "new" smartphone vendors embrace the enterprise with the commitment that RIM did, then the vendors and devices become valid contenders and deserve our (meaning IT departments) evaluation for adoption. And any plan for bringing ANY device into a network should be balanced against history and lessons learned. BYOD as being described today is a 20 year step backwards regarding management, ROI, security, and stability. If you don't see the blatantly obvious road that we have already walked, then you really are not paying attention. There, now you see the elephant in the room, what do you do now.
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David Berlind,
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3/21/2013 | 8:11:09 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
LOL Bryan. Don't hold your breath!
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David Berlind,
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3/21/2013 | 8:15:19 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
Spot on Midnight. That's why I said below that "It's practically a time honored tradition in IT circles." This cycle repeats itself over and over. First it was PCs. Then it was LANs (Department A had Novell, Department B had Banyan, Department C had LAN Manager, and so on). Now it's smartphones. Clouds too. How many users of Dropbox vs. Box.Net vs. XYZ do there have to be before someone puts their foot down?
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GAProgrammer,
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3/21/2013 | 8:57:11 PM
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Honestly, anyone with the slightest bit of foresight could have seen this coming - especially since a lot of IT people are anti-Apple. I have said from the beginning that we don't HAVE to support it, no matter what the tech journalists say. All I have to do is explain how much it will cost over the next 5 years and the executives agree - there is not a NEED for any BYOD in any business unless you are a small company and want to make your new employees pay for your tech. If they want the gadgets, they can use the approved ones, or none at all. I think that it is part of IT's job to make sure we don't fall prey to every whim of the tech press and trends - our job is to use tech responsibly for the betterment of our company. Our job is not to pander to whiny kids who want to use their iDevice to access (and later possible lose) corporate data.
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David Berlind,
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3/21/2013 | 9:05:42 PM
re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
GAProgrammer - you make very good points. However, I think there is one counterveiling force and that is that employees are more willing to pay to have their own devices than they were before.. and pay for their own contracts with the carriers. I've been party to this debate which goes something like this:

in favor: it's customary to cover the cost if the mobile device is being used for business reasons
against: true, but let's be honest,.. if we don't cover the cost, the employees are going to get devices/contracts of their own anyway

the same argument is used in the discussion about covering the cost of home internet access (though not wherever Marissa Meyer is the boss)

So, the quid pro quo is that the company gets the hardware and services off the books. It could be a short sited view. The support costs could easily outweigh the savings on hardware and contracts. But it's hard for companies to take the long view.. especially when executives are pushing for BYOD for themselves.
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