BYOD is a Force You Can’t Stop

by Team M5 on May 7, 2013

BYOD Force

For anyone who thought BYO was simply nothing but an IT fad or a cheap way to throw a party, Gartner has some new news for you: “38% of companies will stop issuing company-owned devices by the year 2016.”  That’s a pretty big number, but with the proliferation of mobile devices into popular society, I can believe it.

Back when the BYO trend was young, many people were forced to carry two mobile devices: one corporate issued, and one personal.  The introduction and popularity of the iPhone motivated their users to stealthily create workarounds and other IT headaches just so they could be productive on the cool device of their choice.  Instead of IT fighting that social trend (good luck) by creating restrictive user policies, users in most BYOD equipped enterprises now have the freedom of device choice.

Recently in IT publications, AirWatch CEO John Marshall has been contributing to the speculative pitter-patter about the “unknowns” and negatives of BYOD programs.  Why would he do that?  Let’s take a few steps back take a look at what AirWatch does.  AirWatch is an Enterprise class MDM solution that allows for strict corporate policies to be applied to all mobile devices being used on a corporate network.  Their solution applies to the entire device, no matter if it is personal or corporate owned.  This, essentially is “big brother,” and this is how AirWatch “mitigates risk.” That notion is enough to cause some worry within employees who are using personal devices for work.  MokaFive’s solution on the other hand, creates an elastic perimeter around the data, no matter which device that data might be found on.  This is a clear, distinguishing aspect of our solution that instills security within the users (your employees) of MokaFive.  We (and your IT Dept.) only care about the data!

For instance, one article saying “employees are beginning to sense companies taking advantage of BYOD by intruding on personal time to get free work time.”  Marshall follows by saying “I anticipate a bunch of little [lawsuits], then something big will happen that'll be a class action and become headline news.”

Maybe we should stop right here and classify enterprise environments.  There are companies that work on an hourly basis and charge workers strictly for time spent working.  There are also companies that pay workers on a salary, and therefore are paid by the work that they produce.  Each one of these classes of companies should have different BYOD policies in place, clearly outlining their terms of use with company data.  With today’s device management systems, it is highly possible to set policies in place that determine the hours that corporate email is sent and received.

Another quote by CEO Marshall that stuck out to me was one about using personal apps.  He says, “A helpdesk technician notices than an employee’s device has a lot of personal apps about a health problem- and mentions his concern to the employee…” First of all, any competent IT manager should have chosen a solution like M5 that clearly separates corporate applications and sensitive data from the rest of an employee’s personal stuff.  Second of all, any employee trained in IT regulations would never go up to an employee and ask about a medical problem…and if they did, get ready to set off a corporate wide firestorm.   These kinds of articles do nothing good for the enterprise community, because BYOD is coming whether you’re on board or not!

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