The I.T. Factor: The New Mobile Reality of BYOD

The I.T. Factor: The New Mobile Reality of BYOD

Summary: The business world is just starting to catch up to the trend. Workers are faced with older technology, slow laptops or both, graciously provided by their company, are bringing their own to the office. Their current and fast devices offer more freedom and familiarity, but it comes with a possible cost to the enterprise. So how can organizations balance what employees want with what can be properly managed?Join Emmy Award winning journalist Jonas Tichenor as he dives into the trend with ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan and TechRepublic Editor-in-Chief Jason Hiner. You'll get a better perspective on what's driving the trend in the enterprise and where it may be going in the future.


Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Just wondering?

    "Workers are faced with older technology, slow laptops or both, graciously provided by their company..." What does it say about a company that is unwilling to provide the necessary tools for their associates to work efficiently?

    They have to "worry" about how to secure all these personal devices only because they fail to provide the necessary tools in the first place. I'd call this reactive management.
  • Huh?

    I don't want my users bringing their own devices, it opens up a ton of security issues.

    Of course, I am lucky in that my boss believes in providing the best equipment to do the job properly.
  • Maybe for schools, but not for business

    This concept makes sense for cash-strapped schools to allow their students to bring their own devices in, but come on, if you're going to run a business, provide the proper tools to get the job done! Geeesh!
    • BYOD, yep, its there.

      You would be amazed how many big businesses issue out dated devices. I have a pentium 4 pc with the CRT monitor. So needless to say, yes I use my laptop and use our cloud for storage.
  • BYOD since '82

    In 1982 I was arguably the first AF recruiter to put a personal computer in their office. Our advertising folks came out, took pictures with the intentions to publish an article in the "Recruiter" magazine. The article was cut, because of the control issue.

    Ever since then, in the remainder of my time in the AF, I had a desktop, or laptop jacked into my job.

    Originally, an Osborne I was my drag-able with Wordstar and dBase for mailing lists and tracking. Later, in the 'real Air Force', I was using an 800# with a 300 baud laptop (a rebuilt broker's machine) to log into DARPANET (the predecessor to the internet) at that time to pick up my lab's email, and a color CTOS slice (yeah, that I bought) for my day-to-day operations.

    At the time I retired, I had two computers in my office--both mine, and a laptop for on the road. My usual issues were software--what I was using was more updated, and hardware--mine was always faster.

    The technology lag was apparent because of similar issues, evaluation and contract length: The Zenith Z-248 (286 processor) was on a 5-year contract. By the end, the contractor was supplying Z-386s because it cost too much to keep the old lines in operation.
    Alfie AF