NAB mulls BYOD, trials iPads

NAB mulls BYOD, trials iPads

Summary: The bank is keen to rollout BYOD to its employees, and is trialling the use of iPads in the workplace.

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The National Australia Bank (NAB) is looking at allowing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in the workplace, with trials of iPads by its top executives already underway.

Speaking at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia CIO Series event in Sydney, NAB's executive general manager for enterprise transformation, Adam Bennett, said that the company is keen on implementing BYOD, but admitted that doing so presents some major challenges.

According to Bennet, the problem with BYOD for many organisations around the world is not whether there is technology to support it, but the policies that should be in place for a BYOD program. These issues include how to assign budget for device upgrades, technical support for personal devices on the corporate network, and productivity concerns.

"Ultimately, companies will embrace it," he said. "The challenges associated with it are far more business and technical in nature, but we are looking at [BYOD]."

Bennett said that it has enlisted the help of Telstra and IBM for its BYOD strategy, and is already trialling the use of Apple iPads with its top 200 executives. Special software is used to push data onto those devices where confidential documents are encrypted and is only accessible with the correct password.

Should the user type in the wrong password too many times, data on the iPad will be remotely wiped.

"In the event somebody compromises the iPad, it will burn the data off the device forever — there is very strong security here," Bennett said.

NAB is currently three years into its 10-year IT transformation journey to overhaul its backend infrastructure and frontend functions. While it has talked about near-field communications for quite some time, the bank has not trialled the use of NFC mobile technology for payments since 2007.

According to Bennett, NAB will be making an announcement on the bank's NFC plans next month.

Topics: BYOD and the Consumerization of IT, Banking, Australia

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • Is IOS The New IE6?

    Seems like big corps never learn the lesson of vendor lock-in: paint yourself into an attractive-looking corner now, and then a few years down the track you have to spend millions and suffer ongoing pain to lever yourself out again.

    But by then, the existing CEO and CIO will have left with their golden parachutes, and it'll be somebody else's problem...
    ldo17
    • Alternatives. One they do not find themselves "Locked in"

      And two they do not find themselves requiring or needing a change to another platform. Apple is a very strong company that won't be going out of bus9ness soon if at all. With the exception pf Samsung can we say that about many an android OEM? Samsung is king now but wasn't it not too long ago that HTC was considered a darling? As the mobile market saturates in inevitable price war between OEM's will occur remember the PC price war where one day to the next it was hard to tell which OEM would be staying in business? Well with Nokia and Windows phone, BB and their phone and all the Androids OEM's fighting for market share numbers it will be ugly and mistakes in quality will be made. It will be a vicious knife fight. Riles, yeah right. Honor, forget about it. Profitable hardly. Apple will likely and wisely avoid participating. So it very well might be the better choice to go with the horse what very well might not win the market share race but still in the end will be around long after many of the others fade.

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      James Quinn
  • NAB mulls BYOD, trials iPads

    BYOD at a bank. That's a disaster waiting to happen.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • NAB mulls BYOD, trials iPads

      For the first time ever, I agree with Loverock-Davidson on this one! Think I'll go buy a lottery ticket!
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