Fighting BYOD is a waste of time
By Ian GRAYSON
It amazes me there are still organisations out there that have not embraced BYOD. Face it folks - you're fighting a losing battle.
The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend appeared a few years back when powerful portable computing devices really took hold in people's lives.
Enamoured with their features and capabilities, increasing numbers of people brought them into the workplace and tried (not always successfully) to make them a part of their day-to-day activities.
For some, this trend was met with a brick wall of resistance. Their organisations refused to sanction the usage of any equipment that had not been officially ordained. That slick new iPad or powerful Andriod device was not welcome: end of discussion.
The amazing thing is that, half way through 2012, there are STILL organisations that have such restrictions in place. Employees are (supposed) to leave their gadgets at home and make do with the devices and services the company says they should have.
It's increasingly clear that such attitudes are a waste of everyone's time. Employees are going to use personal portable devices at work regardless of any official restrictions. They know it's going to improve their productivity and flexibility.
Indeed, recent research by Forrester of employees in Europe and the United States found they spend an average of $US1253 of their own money each year on gadgets they need to do their jobs. It's likely to be a similar story in Australia.
What's the situation like in your workplace. If a BYOD ban is in place, how long do you think it can last?
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