Consumerization of technology make BYOD policies inevitable

As more consumers become comfortable with technology, it is only a matter of time before their  personal devices overlap with their business world. Bring-your-own-device practices are seeing more smartphones and tablets showing up in offices around the country. Before investing in a new solution, however, IT departments need to be sure that they can support the added traffic.

With smartphones and tablets becoming popular, IT departments can not hide from them anymore. In a best case scenario, employees will ask before logging a new iPhone onto the company network, but the smartest way to ensure security and productivity is with a proactive approach.

Ted Schadler, the vice-president of Forrester Research, spoke at the CITE Forum in New York earlier this month and discussed the company’s shift in BYOD protocols and how before long every company will need to deal with it.

“Consumerization of technology is an inevitability,” he said. “It’s an inevitability because of SaaS, because of broadband in the home and because every single technology vendor in the world targets individuals now. People harness technology not because they want to but because they have to.”

Noah Broadwater, the CTO of Sesame Workshop, also spoke at the Forum and said everywhere in IT, there is chaos and before long every company will need to get their head out of the sand and make a decision.

As mobile technology becomes second nature to consumers, IT decision-makers need to be ready to handle the adoption if they are not already. Companies in Ohio that are looking are seeking help in figuring out their future would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm.

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