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GUEST BLOG: BYOD can be a win-win

Ennio Carboni | July 11, 2013
Overcoming the top 10 hidden network costs of BYOD

#7. BYOD Fosters a Bigger Operational Role for IT

An honest gut-check about the common image of IT: those guys in the closet that update my system after 6pm. Network managers have to be more upfront about enforcing policies and educating employees because now, devices don't sit in the office overnight. It's another task for IT to manage, with less time on the plate.

#8. Frugal Won't Cut It

A drastic measure to save money: Securing networks by isolating mobile access to a separate VLAN, outside the corporate network. IT can utilise an existing NMS without adding any mobile device management capabilities. The security gap remains - until you can track individual users.

#9. You're Late to the Game

Start with the leg work - you need to understand who is already using personal devices during work and off hours. Take the upfront investment to have honest conversations about how the use of technology is shifting in your organisation to well position you for 2013 budget planning.

#10. You Can't Ignore the Issue

Ignorance isn't bliss with BYOD. If you fail to put a strategy in place for managing mobile devices, employees will still use devices on the network. But by investing in tools to gain proper visibility, governance and control, IT can work with what employees want while improving network performance. Bottom line - BYOD can be a win-win.

Ennio Carboni is the President and GM for the Network & IT Management Division at Ipswitch 

 

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