Bring Your Own Device | What’s The Big Deal?

Bring Your Own Device | What’s The Big Deal?

BYOD, or bring your own device, is a reflection of another term-of-the-day, “the consumerization of IT.”  While they aren’t 100% the same, the two terms are frequently used interchangeably.  For clarity, here’s how we define the two:Consumerization of ITThe junction of consumer-targeted computing devices and corporate requirements.  An IT organization may choose to move its user base to more consumer-oriented devices while still retaining control over those devices.  Corporate-owned mobile devices are an example of where IT has been “consumerized,” even though the business still dictates and likely owns the devices.  The consumerization of IT may or may not include a BYOD component, and does address the paradigm of a user community that has more computing power at home than at work.BYODUsers can literally choose their own device, be it a smartphone, tablet, pad, laptop, or hybrid, attach it to the corporate network, and access corporate information and applications while retaining personal ownership of the device.  In most cases, we’ve...
Read More
BYOD? More Like BYOA.  Your Secrets Might Be Leaking…

BYOD? More Like BYOA. Your Secrets Might Be Leaking…

I was rather astounded to read the recent New Your Tines article, Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk by Quentin Hardy.  I realized that there are organizations where employees are employing hundreds of personal applications and allowing those apps to interact with corporate information.Let's Bring Your Own AppsI knew it was bad; even in our not-Fortune-1000 company we have a lot of apps running loose, but I had no idea it was THIS BAD or THIS BIG.  BYOD, or "Bring Your Own Device" has become a popular boardroom topic, yet I think the boardroom is not talking about BYOA - the current trend of "Bring Your Own App" to the workplace to get your work done.  The problem is very well highlighted in the NYT post.Netflix ExampleNetflix, for example, found employees using 496 smartphone apps, primarily for data storage, communication, and collaboration.  Cisco found hundreds of personal apps in use.  Evernote, the cloud-based notetaking service, got hacked, and...
Read More
Any Device Anywhere | Bring Your Own Device

Any Device Anywhere | Bring Your Own Device

BYOD.  It stands for Bring Your Own Device.  This has been a topic that has alternatively generated excitement and instilled fear and loathing within IT organizations for the last two years.  Users want to be able to work from anywhere, using any device, whereas IT groups want to reduce device management overhead while simultaneously enabling user productivity, minimizing data risk, and maintaining visibility (and some measure of control).Bring Your Own DeviceIn this session you will learn about people-centric IT; enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.http://vimeo.com/73339929Next StepsReview our case studies and engagements where we helped companies just like yours solve a variety of business needs.About OakwoodSince 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of all sizes, across all industries, solve their business problems.  We bring world-class consultants to architect, design and deploy technology solutions to move your company forward.   Our proven approach guarantees better business outcomes.  With flexible engagement options, your project is delivered on-time and on budget.  11,000 satisfied clients...
Read More