3. Making it virtual: An open virtualisation solution can help organisations dramatically simplify the design, deployment, and management of networks and allow the creation of public or private clouds that enable enterprises to make the most of the consumerisation of technology and the wide variety of communication devices being used.
4. You can't stop it - but you can secure it: In the face of the overwhelming tide of device proliferation, CIOs can no longer dictate IT policy with regard to the way users access the network. Increasingly, organisations that have what is perceived to be an overly restrictive IT policy are facing issues of retention and employee satisfaction. So rather than fight it, many organisations are seeking the most effective security and data risk management standards in order to manage personal devices on the company's network. The ability to secure just the corporate applications on any personal device, without securing the entire device is emerging as one of the most viable options to organisations.
5. Reap the productivity benefits: Faster collaboration helps bring about more effective enterprise-wide business adoption. Smarter decision-making can be enabled as organisations accelerate personal productivity and responsiveness to customers - by ensuring the tools employees need are available to them regardless of device, location or access mode. All of which drives an agile, engaged workforce, enhanced customer service levels and a better business environment.
Muneyb Minhazuddin is CTO of Avaya Asia Pacific.
Source: 1. 2011 IDC consumerisation of IT study: Closing the consumerisation Gap
2. Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2011 and Beyond
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