The company now uses a mix of BYOD and work-issued devices, with different levels of network access for each. The organisation has also rolled out a mobile device management solution called AirWatch that enables the IT department to remove corporate data from a BYOD phone or tablet while leaving personal data intact.
Even government departments are bowing to the pressure to allow BYOD in the workplace. Andrew Curtis, ITS and mobility manager for the National Measurement Institute (a federal department division), says his department rolled out a BYOD policy for iPhones and iPads three months ago.
"It was a significant break from tradition. However, virtual desktop infrastructure solutions like Good for Enterprise, which essentially create a walled garden for corporate data, have made BYOD viable. The technology was right, and the decision to allow staff to manage their own devices made better economic and technical sense," Curtis says.
BYOD is expected to become even more ubiquitous and the issue won't be whether it is supported so much as how to properly support and manage it in the workplace. Market research firm Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of all companies around the world will require staff to bring their own devices to work.
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