The Coming Opportunity of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

December 28, 2011 No Comments

A few weeks ago, RWW Channels Editor David Strom posted Why BYOD Isn’t a Trend. He skewered the notion that BYOD is new, noted that IT leaders have dealt with user-purchased tech for generations, and declared the “consumerization of IT” a new name for an old trend.

Strom’s take away: BYOD has been around since the ’80s, and the only change is that it is now writ large, thanks to low-cost smartphones, tablets, and Internet-enabled access to corporate data. But he asked the wrong question and missed a much more important point, about how rapid the influx of tablets is changing enterprise IT. Don’t ask if BYOD is a trend. Ask what IT leaders are doing about BYOD.

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