re: The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
R.I.P for BYOD?
Has it ever really been about the device? To MidnightG«÷s point about the Commodore 64 and the suitcase styled G«£portableG«• computers that I used to lug up 3 flights of stairs to get into my apartment, itG«÷s about me the consumer, the user, the worker wanting to be more productive and getting the tools I need to make this happen. Yes, we fly in the face of corporate IT because at times they act a department of G«£NoG«•. No, you cant have that, no you cant use that, no no no. But what I want is G«£YesG«•. Yes, choose your device, choose your location, choose your own workstyling, as long as we in IT can maintain our security and compliance.
Corporate IT needs to look at the full landscape of tools out there to support G«£meG«• the consumer worker (maybe we should call it the G«£worksumerG«•). Of course everyone is looking at MDM, MAM, MIM, EMM solutions and all that clutter makes me as an IT guy want to shout MOM! But it isnG«÷t about managing the device. It's about the user and what they need to do on their devices to be productive. DonG«÷t forget it is and always has been the worksumer (I like it) who is driving this. An attitude of "bring your own means youG«÷re on your own" wont fly, at least not for long.
Yes, the cloud is where to look, but as you said the disparate clouds will cause worksumers (yup, I am trademarking this) to choose their cloud. I am now a Microsoft fan boy with my Lumia 920, my Surface (yes, IG«÷m the guy that bought one) and my Skydrive, XBOX music, etc. But my work cloud should reside next to my consumer cloud. I canG«÷t store work data in my Skydrive and let Sally Sultress store her work data on GoogleG«÷s cloud. For that IT needs to embrace a private cloud and use services that give me the public cloud benefits with private cloud security, like Hyperdrive to cross worksumer devices.
But, you know what keeps me up at night? The data, on the worksumer device going rogue. They quit. They get fired. They leave their device, the one they chose, on the bus. What now? Again I want to shout MOM.