It turns out not everyone wants BYOD

Summary:The 'bring your own device' trend may have crested, due to concerns about security and control.

Based on all the analyst reports, articles, and conference chatter out there, one can be forgiven for assuming that bring your own device (BYOD) is an unstoppable wave that needs to be accommodated and supported in enterprises.

iPhone in use-photo by Joe McKendrick
Photo: Joe McKendrick

In fact, a conscientious, business-minded CIO would likely to see BYOD as the ultimate expression of user desires, and work at ways to design systems that are open and accommodating to any and all smartphones or tablets.

Some IT leaders are bucking the trend, however. In fact, there may even be a growing backlash against BYOD.

Sam Lamonica, CIO at Rosendin Electric, reportedly has put his foot down on BYOD at his company. According to a report by CIO's Tom Kaneshige. "We have a user base that might not, in a lot of cases, make the right choices," he is quoted as saying, citing security issues. 

Kaneshige quotes a recent CompTIA survey that finds 51 percent of IT leaders are saying "no" to BYOD. Instead, companies such as Rosendin Electric are opting to provide corporate devices to employees, while giving the option for employees to use them for personal apps as well. Lamonica says his company's policy is "choose your own device," versus bring your own device.

It's not clear if this backlash against BYOD is a blip, or if it has legs. But it suggests there may be a growing source of contention between IT leaders and business groups on what devices employees will be using for their work. To date, the trend has appeared to be that the client side was slipping away from IT. This may be also a litmus test for the relative influence IT departments exercise within their enterprises. 

Topics: Mobility, IT Policies, IT Priorities

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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