BYOD Fears Thwarted By Smart Policies

On 31 December 2012 by Pete Petersen

BYOD Work Home

Organizations large and small must deal with BYOD today, and even embrace it in coming months.

Intel has truly embraced BYOD as an organization, both technologically and culturally. Both are important. Users are rightly a part of the security equation; they must take security awareness courses before attaching their own devices to the corporate network. And for those who have not or who have devices that don’t need to be on the inside, there is a wireless network available that they can use to connect to the Internet but not internal resources. Genius!

Intel still has a set of PCs and Macs that users can choose from. One more step would help Intel to drastically reduce the number of managed end device images, and that is to adopt a VDI strategy and points users to a VDI solution for internal resources that need access to internal data.

One of the smart things that Intel is doing is thinking about the data rather than the tools. That gives them the freedom to protect the resources that are important to them rather than running around trying to prevent users from doing things they shouldn’t. And in reality, it’s about how the users utilize that data in the first place–the applications. Getting the users the right application in the right format at the right time performing as the user needs it to perform is the thing that matters most: Productivity. Balanced with Security.

As Kim Stevenson, CIO at Intel, points out, it’s easy to justify the investment into BYOD since she has proven to executive management that the productivity benefits of smart BYOD policies results in a costs reduction of 67%. In other words, for every dollar spent on BYOD and its supporting technologies means Intel would have to had spent three dollars in traditional technologies.

As Galen Grumen at InfoWorld points out in his article, “Afraid of BYOD? Intel shows a better way,” part of the genius of the policies is that “users who want the freedom of technology are the ones who ultimately have to approve the investment” anyway.

Intel, add VDI to complete the BYOD strategy.

A quote from a Forrester paper by Connie Moore summarizes by saying that CIOs cannot afford to ignore the reality of users bringing their own technology to work, and that organizations need to get ready now as the paradigm shifts over the next 36 months.

The signs are clear. Organizations who don’t embrace BYOD now will have a difficult time navigating the waters later. And those who get with the program today will find benefits and savings that may not be readily accessible to them any other way. And adding VDI to an organization’s BYOD strategy will allow IT to provide the best solution for the users, no matter what their favorite tool happens to be.

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