Over the long weekend, I received a copy of InformationWeek magazine. My how magazines have changed. 44 pages. That’s it. The Internet has definitely changed these old rags. I decided to read through the magazine simply for the BYOD topics – which there are quite a few. One article that raised my ire was by Art Wittmann and the title is: “Can IT Be Trusted with Personal Devices?”
What? Shouldn’t that read the other way around? Here’s my take: “Can end-users be trusted with Personal Devices?” Security. Data compromise. These are all serious issues for BYOD that must be handled by IT, but Art goes through and suggests that it’s IT’s fault if a user loses family photos due to a remote wipe policy working on a personal device they have insisted on also utilizing for business.
The article starts with this: “Most IT teams weren’t prepared for the bring-your-own-device challenge, and they’re not handling it well.” But, wasn’t this putting the cart before the horse? Technology to manage personal devices has to be in place BEFORE you start bringing personal devices into the company infrastructure.
If you get a chance to read this magazine, definitely turn to page 12 immediately and read the article. Let me know what you think about it?
Deeper inside the magazine there’s another interesting article called “IT Doesn’t Hate End Users” by Michael Healey. And, despite the survey information (shown below), Michael also blames IT. The minute you push IT out of the equation. BTW: You can actually read this specific article online here: http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/interviews/240000487?ct=1022 – after you either logon or register with the site.
But, it’s interesting to see how things are progressing with BYOD between 2010 and 2012. Yes, BYOD is on the move, but not as quickly as you would think. I believe this actually represents the best of IT, though the writers at InformationWeek would make you think otherwise. Something as new and potentially hazardous to the business needs a slow approach. There’s a myriad of projects and issues that are considerably more important within companies that BYOD, but it does look as if it is getting its proper place. Our consumerized, McDonald’s world of instant gratification does not work in the business world. End users have always been demanding for good reason because they are tasked with results. But, there needs to be a breaking point where both end users and IT understand the needs of the business and work together to accomplish it.
Incidentally, I saw another article of interest this morning over at ZDNet. This one is a bit more helpful and helps understand the dilemma that IT will be facing with their BYOD strategies.