Smartphones and tablets have become an extension of employees today. Ever since the launch of iPhones and iPad in 2010, the task of enterprise IT has increased manifold with these rogue devices entering the corporate network.

Gone are the days of enterprise infrastructure being locked down and only validated, corporate issued devices being allowed to log in, with limits on the number and type of applications which could be downloaded on these devices. Forrester’s The Demand For Speed Is Accelerating — And IT Isn’t Keeping Up report addresses the changing landscape that consumerization has brought. Most of the organizations are accepting the fact that they need to strike a balance between employee choice and corporate control. The twain did meet in the enterprising acknowledging the need to embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). According to a recent study by Information Week 65% of organizations expect the BYOD adoption to increase. The high rate of adoption is impressive but large numbers of organizations are still divided on the issue.

The BYOD question
The most common concerns on implementing a BYOD policy start with security issues and data management issues. But the concerns reach far beyond: from security to end point management and from overload of data and data management to impact on infrastructure and organization. According to Information Week study, the number of organizations standardizing a mobile device platform has dropped from 73% to 58% in 2010 to 2011.

 
Here are some questions to seek answers to before implementing the Bring Your Own Device policy;

 
· Device – Will the device choice be unrestricted or chose from a list?

· Cost of data – Who will pay for the data plan – a monthly quota would be issued or will it be expense report based?

· Cost of device – Will it be jointly shared by organization and employee or solely employee owned?

· Security – What kind of security is needed –network access, remote wipe, encryption, device restrictions, cloud backup?

· Infrastructure – will the network infrastructure handle the onslaught of data and increase in complexity?

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