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Gartner Says BYOD Most Radical Shift in IT Since the PC

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

BYOD is a trend that is an accelerating trend that is worth paying attention to.

BYOD is a trend that is an accelerating trend that is worth paying attention to. BYOD is a trend that is an accelerating trend that is worth paying attention to. Market research firm Gartner just noted that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  Programs are the "most radical shift in enterprise client computing" since the times the client PC made its way into corporate environments.

Gartner sees the current trend expanding from phones and tablets to regular PCs and include "subsidies for equipment or service fees." While there are still disagreements whether BYOD is really an textbook example of consumerization, Gartner is convinced that BYOD is, in fact, driven by consumers to which businesses have to adapt to. Mobile innovation, network improvements and cloud software services are the enabling gateways to seriously consider BYOD in organizations today, Gartner explained.

"With the wide range of capabilities brought by mobile devices, and the myriad ways in which business processes are being reinvented as a result, we are entering a time of tremendous change," said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The market for mobile devices is booming and the basic device used in business compared to those used by consumers is converging. Simultaneously, advances in network performance allow the personal device to be married to powerful software that resides in the cloud."

He noted that BYOD should not be expected as a way for organizations to reduce cost. " As businesses look to drive ever more capability to the mobile device, the costs of software, infrastructure, personnel support and related services will increase over time," the firm said. "Once companies start including file sharing, business applications and collaboration tools, the costs to provide mobile services go up dramatically."

As a best practice, businesses should consider BYOD with a combination of policy, software, infrastructure controls and education in the near term. Down the road, the best BYOD strategy would be to focus on application management and appropriate cloud services, Gartner said. 

Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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