In many cases, the rate at which we adopt the latest technology in our personal lives outpaces comparable expansion in office environments. For IT Principals, this happens because a company-wide tech investment can be expensive, and given how quickly hardware and services are evolving, it becomes very difficult to always afford the latest and greatest that the IT channel has to offer. This is why bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have taken hold.
According to a recent report from Gartner, the BYOD trend is only beginning, and by 2016, 38 percent of organizations will stop providing devices to workers. Furthermore, by 2017, half of employees will be using their own devices – computers, phones, tablets and more – for work-related functions.
While it seems like all signs point to a mobile future for businesses, powered by personal devices, the global survey of CIOs found that many executives need a crash course in technology. Only 22 percent of decision-makers said they had made a strong business case for implementing a BYOD strategy.
"Mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal, making IT planners uncomfortable," David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business."
A successful BYOD policy takes more than just letting employees connect to the company wireless network. There are security, broadband and privacy protocols to be implemented and devices need to be managed by a mobile device management solution. Companies either need to have the right professionals in house or turn to a quality VAR or MSP for a hand. By partnering with VAR Staffing, these solution providers can find the impactful talent that can help them move into the future of business systems.