Time to get acquainted with BYOA and the Internet of Things

LogMeIn COO Bill Wagner has warned enterprises to prepare themselves for the future management of applications and the Internet of Things.

There are two key trends shaping the future of IT industry: Consumerisation of IT and the Internet of Things (IoT), according to LogMeIn COO Bill Wagner.

While the recent focus for many enterprises has been "very device centric" as they learn how to manage the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment, Wagner advises businesses should also start to look at how they can manage bring-your-own-application (BYOA) environments, too.

"We see there's a real gap in enterprise of managing apps, whether it's Dropbox, Evernote, or knowing where their data sits, because they usually don't know how to control the cost when their employees are expensing new applications on a monthly basis. So for us, it's really about focusing on the app side of things," he said.

Wagner said this will be particularly important for countries like Australia and Europe, which are at forefront when it comes to data privacy and security.

To assist businesses on this journey, LogMeIn introduced Cubby Enterprise, a cloud file sync and share product aimed to help IT professionals manage company data in the BYOD and BYOA era.

The company also plans to launch the beta version of AppGuru in Australia in July, a platform that will give IT a complete overview of what applications are being used in their environment, and the ability to provision and de-provision each user of those apps.

The other driving trend in enterprise IT is the IoT, which Wagner describes is "virtually about connecting things securely".

LogMeIn Asia-Pacific vice president Andy Farquharson said businesses understand that the IoT is important, but are still unable to fully grasp the understanding of the benefits.

"They're looking for answers and education on how this can actually positively influence their business," he said.

"They know it's out there and they know it's something that needs to be done. So they're just looking for partners to help them get through that next phase and start them off on the journey."

But for Australian enterprises, things are not looking so bad, as Wagner said that Australia's adoption rate of the IoT ranks third globally — behind Japan and Germany, and ahead of the US and India — and it's mainly being used for industrial applications.

"Right now, they can't tell if the refrigeration doors are ajar and they have no real time inventory management. Right now, they have send a tech out every week to go out to the facility and write down the inventory and what's working. We can automate all of that, of course. It doesn't mean that they can save on costs but the fact that they can deploy more refrigerators," he said.

"It means you can now deploy more vending machines or elevators because your infrastructure cost is lower."