It is the latest craze in device management that has HR managers and IT managers at odds. At the core, it’s an old idea with a fancy new acronym. Can this old idea make your coworkers happier, save your organization money, while maintaining a high-level of IT Security?
The answer depends on how your business manages access to its infrastructure.
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, allows coworkers to select their one workstation, laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc. Many organizations will provide a stipend, a few basic requirement and little more.
Users benefit because they get to work on the devices they know and with which they are comfortable. Organizations like it because they know it can increase productivity and that users are more likely to take better care of the devices they want to use.
If it sounds like a win-win, it’s because we haven’t even considered the IT Manager’s outlook. At first glance, they’ll hate it. Imagine your users accessing your organization’s confidential data on a device that may or may not be hardened, may or may not–most likely not–have a web filter, and may or may not have even the most basic malware protection.
It sounds like a nightmare.
But the BYOD movement was not designed to bring IT Managers to an early grave.
In fact, it helps them realize how they can better meet the needs of their users while providing an environment that is virtually immune to the context of the end-user device.
There are two paths most organizations take to accomplish the goals of IT Security while providing users with the flexibility of choosing their own devices. Most companies will opt for a Software as a Service model–shifting their applications to the cloud. Many manufacturers of on-premise software packages have embraced SaaS and offer easy migration paths.
Examples include Microsoft, Intuit, and Sage.
SaaS, however, does not work for everyone. Rebuilding a front-end to your existing ERP solution might not be feasible. In this case, Desktop as a Services (DaaS), also know as Desktop Virtualization can play a vital role in your organization’s migration to a BYOD environment. In its crudest form, you can think of it as a terminal server, but DaaS offers so much more than a terminal server.
Finding the best migration path to BYOD can be a challenge. There are many options available, and perhaps even some pitfalls along the way. It’s best to partner with a team that specializes in meeting the needs of both users and IT Managers.