Bring your own device or laptop is starting to get some serious traction, with this week EMC announcing it will be pushing their BYO device pilot out to some 5000 users.
If you’re a company and want to provide a differentiator in this day and age especially with Gen Y’s, this could be a really good move for you. Why? there are a few reasons;
- because people generally already have a device which they use everyday and are blurring the lines between work and social time at all hours of the day and night.
- a lot of people like to keep the individuality of their own machine, it’s set up how they like to use it and how they feel most productive.
- would like the ability to have their own choice when deciding which device suits their working environment and the way their work is done.
Some of the things you need to think about when evaluating whether this will be achievable for your organisation;
- how will users get access to the applications they need to do their jobs?
- will they be accessing sensitive data which must be accessed in a secure manner?
- does this access just require a web browser?
- how many different types of devices do I want to allow connection from? (ipads, macs, windows laptops)
- who is going to support the devices if they are not company owned or is it just up to the individual users?
A critical component is SECURITY!! Be prepared for a shift in the way you look at security and securing your environment. Now applications and infrastructure need securing rather than endpoints/corporate machines. VDI would be a great solution here to stop corporate data leaving your environment and onto BYO devices but are you really saving money by doing this?
Perhaps another way to look at it is to evaluate all the applications in your environment and make an assessment as to whether you are fine with them being accessed over a browser. Especially if you already provide remote access to that application over the internet like Web mail/Outlook Anywhere etc. There could be some workers in your environment which all they need to use is the Office suit of tools and email so why give them access to VDI?
BYO device is starting to gain traction and we believe with cloud computing more and more services are consumed over the internet. It’s only a matter of time before we see this being adopted by more and more organisations. Watch out for BYO device coming to a company near you!