The Four BYOD Integration ChallengesFor many organizations, BYOD has arrived like a freight train with an apparent impact that threatens to run over existing business and IT structures. As complex as BYOD may appear, and as much an organization may want to slow the arrival of this trend due to concerns such as additional security risks to expose corporate data, we know that there is good reason to believe that the overlap between business-owned and employee-owned devices will grow. Your answer is careful planning across all involved interest groups that will deliver a straight forward strategy to adopt BYOD.
An unsuccessful integration of new technologies in an existing integration is often anchored in a lack of balance between anticipated problems and opportunities. BYOD shares this requirement. An organization’s ability to understand how to maximize the benefit of BYOD and minimize its risks to an existing structure are important factors in a thriving adoption of BYOD. To achieve this goal, there are four requirements that have to be analyzed and understood:
1. BYOD Requirements
2. Business Requirements
3. IT Requirements
4. User Requirements
Let's have a closer look at all four in more detail.
Considering BYOD does not make sense without understandingits origins and drivers. The sudden emergence of this trend is largely based on consumerization, which refers to technology that evolves and is driven by the consumer space rather than the businesses segment. Organizations that adopt BYOD need to realize the success factors of why consumers adopted mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in the first place. The consideration of ubiquitous connectivity to content and data, creation of tailored user experiences (UX) and interaction experiences (IX) based on input models such as touch, the availability of applications and an increase in computing power in a small form factor will also determine the adoption of BYOD inside a business. Negligence of a reasonable combination of these requirements will not allow a BYOD program to succeed.
Broken down to the intersection between an organization and the consumer (employee), we know that about half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone with remarkable hardware and software abilities that are at parity with potential business needs. Conclusively, there is a natural fit and opportunity to leverage this consumer trend inside organizations.
Similarly, BYOD has a unique adoption requirement as mobile devices are adopted differently in the consumer world across different age and education groups. For an organization, this may mean that BYOD may have to be adopted in different stages, based on business requirements and device/application needs as well as the behavioral analysis of its user base.
Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang 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 conceivablytech.com 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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