Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a trend that many IT Principals are well aware of at this point. However, as the trend evolves, the impact on the IT channel grows and it becomes no longer something tech departments need to simply be aware of, but must actively work toward optimizing. Mobile devices seem to be required in the current business landscape.
This idea was solidified in the recently released Gartner study "Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future." The report found that 50 percent of businesses will require employees to supply their own computing devices by 2017. That could extend beyond the smartphone and tablet arenas to include laptops and even desktop computers.
According to David Willis, the vice president and analyst at Gartner, IT departments have finally recognized that employees are using their business devices for non-work purposes.
"They often use a personal device in business," Willis said. "It is essential IT specify which platforms will be supported and how; what service levels a user should expect; what the user's own responsibilities and risks are; who qualifies; and that IT provides guidelines for employees purchasing a personal device for use at work, such as minimum requirements for operating systems."
The study goes on to predict that if more companies start to make this shift, it is going to affect purchasing and procurement of software, transport services and support. While this could make it seem like the IT channel is in trouble, the opposite is true, assuming that VARs and MSPs are able to embrace change.
Solution providers that partner with VAR Staffing will have the impactful talent to adjust to the changes quickly and remain a valuable resource for any company.