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Is a lack of enterprise apps killing BYOD?

Jen A. Miller | Sept. 24, 2015
Bring-your-own-device policies in the workplace often pit employee satisfaction and privacy against corporate security. And as the number of employees and companies participating in BYOD programs continues to fall, can enterprise apps be the linchpin of BYOD success in the workplace?

Apps must also integrate internal data into the consumerzied experience, says Steve Moss, mobile secure global manager at CapGemini Mobile Solutions. This can be tricky for companies that have legacy systems. "When they try to put these types of applications or this type of data out to end users, the biggest challenge most companies see is how to convert that data into something usable on a mobile devices that users are comfortable using." 

Cloud shift

The Bitglass report found employee pushback against BYOD and apps put onto their personal devices. While one in three apps have the ability to take control of a device, 67 percent of respondents said they would participate in a BYOD program if employers had the ability to protect corporate data but couldn't view, alter or delete personal data and applications. Also, 64 percent of IT professionals surveyed believe such a solution would make BYOD programs more successful.

Moss expects more companies – especially those with legacy systems – to adopt BYOD and enterprise solutions as they move to the cloud because it will "make the adoption of this type of enterprise app easier for companies," he says, adding that it'll make the cost to get in the game a lot cheaper.


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