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Five BYOD trends CIOs need to know in 2015

Stuart Meyers, APAC Product Manager for Novell | Dec. 9, 2014
CIOs need to have an effective BYOD policy in place that balances user needs with enterprise management and data security.

4. Wearable technology will be more pervasive in the workplace

There was a lot of talk about wearable technology in 2014 and this will be in the spotlight again in early 2015 with the release of the Apple Watch. However, it won't just be consumers who snap up these new wearable devices, expect to see them seep into the workplace too, especially in field roles such as sales and services, and industries like healthcare, mining and banking. In 2015, we will see a greater uptake in the number of smart products and connected devices on the market; and with it application vendors who will take advantage of these device integration capabilities, resulting  in devices taking on a more permanent and pervasive role in our everyday lives - both in and out of the workplace.

5. Companies will increase mobile literacy among staff

Although workers today are more tech savvy than ever before, many end users do not have a deep understanding of the mobility systems, encryption capabilities or new enterprise applications that a business may require. IT teams are struggling with end users who do not properly implement the necessary security measures. In 2015, look for more companies to take a proactive approach to mobility education and BYOD policy communication, beyond one-time training sessions at the time of implementation, in order to close the skills gap.

While enterprise mobility brings many advantages and productivity gains, it also opens up new challenges and complexities. CIOs need to build their BYOD policies and technology infrastructure around today's world of anytime, anywhere connectivity and arm their workers with the right solutions, applications and knowledge to best equip them for a future where mobility is a natural part of doing business.

 

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