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Employees to wear their own device in 2014

Adam Bender | Jan. 13, 2014
'Personal wearable devices are the next frontier' of BYOD, says Telsyte analyst Rodney Gedda.

The photo and video capabilities of Google Glass could be useful for someone who works in a tight space and needs to document what they are doing, he said. However, they could also present a privacy or security risk if used to film other employees without permission or to snap pictures of sensitive data, he said.

To the extent they are used to check work email or access other data, wearable devices should be viewed as another communication endpoint that may need to be managed by the business, he said.

IT leaders should view wearable computing as "a tool for business", according to Karen Scott Davie, general manager for the Caravel Group and a member of the CIO Executive Council advisory board.

"You have to look at where it will add the most value," she said. "From a CIO's perspective, it really depends on the industry that their business is in."

Wearable devices—and glasses in particular—may take off most quickly in businesses where it is useful to access information in a hands-free manner, she said.

BYOD is not merely an IT Issue to be solved by the IT department, Livingstone said.

"The IT department has little to no real control over who brings what consumer technologies to the workplace, whether in their carry-case, wrist or pocket," he wrote.

"This is an organisational issue requiring an organisational response. Executive accountability needs to be assigned, and not just to the CIO or IT Manager."

While Noonan said the IT department should encourage best practices with wearable devices, he said the HR section must "step up to these issues."



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