Formulate BYOD strategy sans legacy devices

by Sharon Lobo    Jun 18, 2013

BYOD

As newer smartphones and tablets continue to flood the market, employees desire to be equipped with these latest devices will only increase. This trend has led to employees preferring to use their own devices in the corporate environment. While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD’s) benefits range from increased workforce productivity to cost savings, enterprises are still hesitant about embracing it due to issues of data leakage and other security reasons.

Today’s CIOs understand that the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud computing technology in the workplace is a trend they need to reckon with. Simply turning a blind eye or treating Bring BYOD) with baby gloves can lead BYOD to become Bring Your Own Disaster!

At the recently concluded, Frost & Sullivan’s 2nd Annual India Enterprise Mobility Summit 2013, a panel discussion titled, “BYOD – Boon or Bane?” , was held precisely to discuss how CIOs should ideally go about formulating a robust BYOD strategy.

Sunil Mehta, SVP & Area Systems Director (Central Asia), JWT, in his opening statement made it clear that before formulating a BYOD strategy CIOs should ensure that employees are serious about using mobility for being more productive than just use it to access applications, which have no use in their corporate environment.

He further added that it was necessary that CIOs need to selective while choosing the devices they wish to cover under their BYOD strategy and should preferably start with Blackberry devices, which are viewed as corporate devices.

Agreeing with Sunil’s views, GovindaRaj Avasarala, DGM- Enterprise Mobility, Vodafone, explained while being selective on the devices, it is also imperative to leave out legacy devices or else it would lead to increase in overheads and cost. He also stressed that a gradual approach should be taken and initially only corporate sponsored devices should be included.

To explain what makes Blackberry devices ideal for BYOD, Padmanabha.T.K, CTO, Wipro, enlightened the audience that Blackberry has over 400 policies specifically designed for a BYOD environment. Additionally, CIOs could get support from Blackberry in case of any hurdles, however in case of Android and iOS this was not possible as they do not provide dedicated support for BYOD.

The discussion concluded  with  the panelist agreeing that CIOs should take a gradual approach towards BYOD, and initially only encompass those devices which support a robust BYOD strategy.