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The rising tide of bring your own technology

I just read a Forrester Report: Charting The Rising Tide Of Bring-Your-Own Technology. It provides lots of data to back up what I found a couple of months ago when researching an IT Insight column, Tech Trends: Bring Your Own Device to Work.

Forrester’s findings include

  • a large percentage of workers pay for their own technology (e.g. smartphones, tablet computers and software) out of their own pockets
  • workers use a range of self-provisioned devices, software and services to do their jobs
  • BYOT is growing today, and will become second nature within three years
  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs) cannot afford to ignore BYOT.

Organizations that do not have BYOT policies today should develop them now, because, within a few years, these same organizations will encourage employees to bring their own devices to work.

How this “consumerization” of business with personal tech devices impacts productivity is a topic for another post.

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BYOD is here to stay

At a software user group meeting, several attendees took notes on iPads. At the grocery store, one of the staff had an iPad, showing shoppers how to sign up for a paperless coupon program. More and more executives are using tablets at work. And workers in a range of other job functions bring personal smartphones and tablets to work. All of these parties would like the IT department to support their mobile devices.

Bring Your Own Device is the new modus operandi. IT executives should ask not about whether to allow such consumer devices into the organization, but how to implement a BYOD policy, and what that policy should address.