BYOD circa 2018 will challenge enterprise IT

BYOD circa 2018 will challenge enterprise IT

Summary: No tech vendor will be safe from consumerization, according to Gartner. Companies will have to prepare for multiple vendors and a possible PC market crash.


ORLANDO, FL — Client computing in 2018 is likely to be a great place for users as wireless devices that are proactive, contextual and real-time rule the enterprise. The catch: The IT department may be irrelevant unless it future proofs.

In a presentation by Gartner analysts Leslie Fiering and Stephen Kleynhans, the client computing world in 2018 is heavy on bring your own device and bring your own application. The average personal cloud will sync with at least six different devices.

And all enterprises and CIOs have to do is manage it all. Projecting client computing five years out is fun, but possibly quite inaccurate. One thing is clear: Gartner analysts believe that there could be a PC market crash ahead and that no tech vendor is really safe. The only game plan is to prepare for multiple devices and multiple vendors.

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According to Gartner, 2018 will feature:

  • Bring your own hardware and software;
  • Increasingly unstable vendors;
  • Multiple devices per user;
  • Everything mobile;
  • The need to qualify more than one hardware vendor;
  • A focus on service and support over hardware;
  • Expect diversity in everything tech.

CIOs are going to have to find desktop virtualization tools to extend legacy software and use mobile management tools that are re-evaluated every two years. Meanwhile, the enterprise will have to offer tools for storage, sharing and downloading corporate applications before consumer companies become entrenched.

Among the most interesting points in the presentation was the concept that no vendor is safe from being disrupted. A bring your own vendor world could actually happen. That reality will be disruptive considering most IT folks always note that "you can't get fired for buying (insert vendor name here)." Consumerization will challenge that saying.

Topics: Hardware, Smartphones, Tablets, PCs, BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

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  • Prediction Story

    I'd love this story to include the predictions Gartner had for 2013/2014 back in 2009.

    a story of their predictions really is just junk press without showing the insight they've had in the past years.
  • My predictions

    What I gather from this "analysis" is that by 2018, the job description for 180,000,000 positions across the US will change to "watch cat videos." Only an elite few will possess the processing power to create high quality cat videos in the first place.

    My prediction is that in 2018 security breaches will become the leading cause of executive IT unemployment, with BYOD to blame in most cases. After many embarassing outcomes; attempts to shift the cost of IT to employees will meet a rightful death as pundits debate who came up with the dumbass idea in the first place.

    I also predict that in 2018, Gartner will be predicting the demise of the PC by 2023. Of course, what is far more likely to happen by then is, thanks to advances in miniaturization, the difference in computing power between tablet and traditional PC form-factors will be negligable and a general convergeance will take place. Microsoft might be vidicated for having the right idea a little too early, and possibly Canonical even more so.

    I know I'm right because Gartner got their crystal ball at the discount store while mine came from the highly reputable "Gypsies R Us" superstore.
  • I don't need Gartner's "analytics".

    I predict that on May 3rd 2017 I won't give a rat's a$$ about ANY of their IT predictions (not that I really do now)...because I will be retiring on May 2nd...and my Give-A-Shiite meter will be pegged...and will care not about what happens after that day in the IT industry.
  • I predict that by 2013, Gartner's predictions will all have become true,

    and, if we all look at the bullet points in article above, you'd notice that my "predictions" are more accurate than Gartner's.

    -Bring your own hardware and software;
    -Increasingly unstable vendors;
    -Multiple devices per user;
    -Everything mobile; (excepting for desktop, but there are highly mobile desktops right now)
    -The need to qualify more than one hardware vendor;
    -A focus on service and support over hardware;
    -Expect diversity in everything tech.

    So, looking at Gartner's predictions, they're way late in noticing the trends. What the heck are they getting paid for? Perhaps a palm reader can do better.

    Gartner is just trying to justify their existence, because otherwise, they're completely useless.