BYOD Strategy Should Include Users Outside the Business: Gartner
Allowing employee-owned devices in the workplace is not just a purchasing policy but needs to be approached more broadly to include other users.The key decision behind implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy is one of applications architecture and solutions design, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner. Allowing employee-owned devices in the workplace is not just a purchasing policy, but needs to be approached more broadly with the applications and strategies designed for today's world. "The community of users has expanded to include suppliers, customers, employees and a very broad range of stakeholders," Darryl Carlton, research director at Gartner, said in a statement. "We are no longer developing applications for deployment to an exclusive user base over which we exert standards and control." In addition to the changes in the workforce, all enterprises (business, government and community) have been pushing their processes beyond their own organizational boundaries and it is increasingly clear that the IT organization no longer has absolute control over the tools used to access the corporate systems and data.
"Designing your applications to meet the demands of BYOD is not the same as setting usage policies or having strategic sourcing plans that mandate a particular platform," Carlton continued. "BYOD should be a design principle that provides you with a vendor-neutral applications portfolio and a flexible future-proof architecture."