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xYOx – Is your business prepared for tomorrow?

Matias Heilala, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Vodafone Global Enterprise, Asia and Africa | Jan. 5, 2015
No matter what you call it, enterprise mobility is adapting to the changing workplace. Find out its transformation here.

The latest CYOD model provides a compromise by offering employees a choice of pre-approved devices, while overcoming the security and standardization limitations of BYOD. For CYOD, the mobile device can be purchased by the enterprise or co-funded by the employees. But regardless of the ownership, the device will be administered by the company, leaving its IT department to implement more robust and up-to-date security policies to counter new threats.

From bring or choose your own device to just about everything?
Even before BYOD and CYOD for enterprise mobility become ubiquitous, technology evangelists are taking these concepts one step further, leading to new developments around BYOA (apps), BYOE (encryption), BYOI (identity), BYOT (tech), BYON (network) and BYOW (wearable), all under the overarching umbrella of BYOx (everything). What's more, you can expect more BYO- and CYO- based acronyms to surface in the coming months too.

Bring Your Own Things (BYOT), leveraging on Internet of Things technology, is a potential game changer. After all, around 25 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet globally by 2015. One of the pioneer enterprise mobility applications of BYOT is travel and expense management. Concur, in partnership with Uber and Airbnb, has recently launched such as a service, capable of automatically consolidate cab fares, hotel bills and common business expenditures. For employees, Concur provides unparalleled convenience and electronic payment support. As for HR, it creates a robust platform to monitor and analyze travel expenses for the company.

Aiming to transform enterprise mobility, Apple is teaming up with IBM to develop over 100 enterprise apps for iPhones and iPads, bringing IBM's Big Data and analytics expertise to iOS devices. Available this fall and 2015, these apps will address challenges and opportunities of specific industries, including retail, healthcare, transportation and banking. Meanwhile, to support these apps, IBM will also be introducing unique cloud services, encompassing device management, security, analytics and mobile integration.

Ready for tomorrow
Regardless of the size of your company or the sector you're in, enterprise mobility is a reality and should be regarded as a critical business requirement. Organizations need be forward-looking and focus on the measurable benefits enterprise mobility can deliver instead of just operating in a reactionary manner, especially as newer devices and applications are being introduced into the mobile ecosystem and the future workforce is actively looking to embrace these new developments.


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