Additionally, CIOs must bear in mind that with BYOD, IT solutions have to 'play nice'. In today's ultra-competitive market, compatibility is something that must be addressed when considering data protection, and access to and from EDGE devices.
6. Do sync effortlessly
Data must remain fluid, regardless of whether it is generated from company- or employee-owned devices, or generated in the office or at home. Workers must be able to access their most recent files, and each file's versions - regardless of the device they were created on - via automated synchronisation that shares files across laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets.
Secure Data, Not Devices
BYOD will inevitably become more common in evolving workplaces. While this fact will continue to ruffle IT's feathers for quite some time, remote, employee-owned devices need not pose a threat to data security. In fact, forward-thinking IT decision-makers should look to incorporate this trend, which should be viewed as a long-term development rather than a fad, into data management solutions.
Peter Chenoweth is Technical Services Director, ASEAN, CommVault Systems
 Forrester Research (May 2012) Key Strategies To Capture And Measure The Value Of Consumerization Of IT (white paper commissioned by Trend Micro)
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