In the IT channel, few strategies have been as polarizing as bring-your-own-device (BYOD). Some tout the cost savings on hardware, lower learning curve and access to better technology while others retort with the idea of hidden costs, privacy concerns and security pitfalls. While both sides have had valid points, it appears as though the convenience of mobility is finally winning out.
According to a recent article from CIO Magazine, BYOD made great strides in 2013 and has become the "new normal" for many IT departments. It mentioned that this year was a crucial point for the strategy as the response is becoming more positive and some companies have thrown the door wide open to allow employees to use whatever applications they choose.
"At the end of that road is one where IT has an infrastructure that is much more resilient and more tolerant of devices that are not well configured," Forrester Research's David Johnson told the news source. "We're seeing companies look at things like zero trust models in which every device is assumed compromised, [where] there is no concept of a trust network anymore. This is what we're seeing in some of the leading edge, extreme cases."
With more companies jumping on the bandwagon, ensuring a proper strategy is created and implemented becomes a necessity for success. VARs and MSPs are being called upon to help businesses that are not well-versed in technology solutions. Quality solution providers are partnering with VAR Staffing to identify and recruit the impactful talent that is needed for success.