Bring your own device has been one of the hottest trends in corporate computing throughout the past several years, while companies have seemed to remain behind the eight ball in terms of strategic management and oversight. BYOD comes with the promise of reducing corporate expenditures, driving employee engagement and strengthening the flexibility of operations through a wider range of working environments.
However, thus far, many businesses have struggled to truly capture the power of BYOD in the most progressive fashion possible, while others are far behind the curve and experiencing increased security vulnerabilities as a result. One thing is clear at this stage, though – business leaders must become a bit more proactive and comprehensive in their security and management strategies to ensure a positive experience with mobility.
The real numbers
ZDNet recently reported that Ovum Research has affirmed roughly one-third of BYOD activities are completely outside the scope and authority of technology professionals and managers in the common business. The source explained that rogue IT is a very significant reality that IT departments must contend with in the current market landscape, and a lack of policy combined with strong solutions is causing much of the issue.
"The big consumerization challenge for IT is that you are in a competitive market now; people had to use what you gave them because there wasn't any other choice," Ovum Research consulting director Adrian Drury explained, according to the news provider. "That, of course, has all changed. If you're not being given the tools you need to get your job done, you'll go and find a way around that."
ZDNet noted that the trend seems to be moving in a favorable direction for IT departments, as more than half of BYOD activity was once estimated to be in the rogue category, but there is still much to be done to get a handle on mobility.
One of the best ways to ensure that the BYOD program is well-maintained and kept within the scope of reasonable control is to integrate the various relevant policies with overarching IT and unified communications framework. At the end of the day, the most successful operational oversight plans will be those that have a high level of comprehension despite the disparate and diverse systems and solutions that are in place.