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BYOD: The Silent Revolution

Rosalind See | Dec. 3, 2012
The BYOD trend will have significant impact on how work patterns will change, and how CIOs need to manage and control.

Andy Khoo, Country Manager for Malaysia and Brunei, NetApp, agreed that the work environment had changed. "Our work environment is artificially defined and dictated by policies," he said. "Whilst there are occasions where 'traditional' face-to-face meetings are necessary, there are also situations where flexibility provides for better productivity."

Tay Chong Yoke
Photo: Tay Chong Yoke.

What was important, noted Tay Chong Yoke, Consulting Solution Architect, Cisco, was ensuring that a BYOD policy was in place as solutions to control and manage access to data, devices and applications per the policy was available.

Deepak Setty
Photo: Deepak Setty, Microsoft.

While some organisations questioned whether supporting BYO3 devices actually resulted in savings or increased costs, its overall impact had to be considered. It was up to users to utilise the devices optimally. These devices are rapidly evolving. Deepak Setty, Director of Technology Solutions Group, Microsoft, pointed to tablets as an example. He said, "Currently, a tablet is more a consumption tool rather than a creation tool. However, that may soon change as Windows 8 will give tablets more creation options."

 

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