Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: July 13-17

Computer World: The BYOD debate is not over

The bring-your-own-device fad is fading
If you look at the number of companies that allow BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) vs. those that outright ban it, over the last couple of years the trend seems to indicate that BYOD is declining. Now that companies are offering better choices for corporate-owned devices, users are finding they don’t need to use their own favorite device. There’s also a risk of losing personal data if you’re using your own device for work purposes: some device management systems can wipe the device if it’s lost or in violation of a policy.
But does that mean BYOD is on its way out? Maybe not.

The BYOD debate is not over
There is still a great amount of work being done on personal devices, often outside of work hours. Also, with the advent of simpler billing mechanisms, personal and corporate data can be paid out separately. While officially BYOD may appear to be subsiding, workers still manage to circumvent policies and access company data and resources on their own devices. Even if BYOD is falling out of favor in IT, it’s still an approach that many employees want to take advantage of, oftentimes at risk of data security.

What If Your Boss Could See Everything on Your Phone?
With BYOD there’s inevitably a mixture of company and personal data on a person’s device. If you’re enrolled in an MDM (Mobile Device Management) system, your employer can already see some information about your phone. Companies should protect user’s privacy, while at the same time securing their own data. On the employee side of things, users should carefully read any mobile policies they’re governed by.

Microsoft Will Never Give Up On Mobile
Last week Microsoft announced some scaling back of their mobile division, which led some to believe they were finally giving up on their paltry 3% of the market. They may not necessarily be giving up completely, since Windows 10 has a focus on being device agnostic and they’ve still made investments in rich native apps. This may mean the hardware side of things is cooling while the software side heats up.

First year for Apple and IBM partnership helps shift focus to UX and design
A year ago the unlikely partnership between Apple and IBM was announced, which made sense in some ways as Apple’s strength on the consumer-focused side seemed to compliment IBM’s access into the enterprise. So far they’ve produced a number of apps for healthcare and transportation services. While the apps look nice, it still remains to be seen how adoption goes and whether any of it can be considered a success.

Jenny Blumberg, Mobile Solutions Manager

In Jenny's years at Sitrion she has supported many products including Glassboard, widgets, various RSS readers, and the Sitrion Social mobile apps. When she’s not conquering enterprise mobile challenges, she’s snowboarding, cooking, or camping in beautiful Colorado.


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