All About BYOD

BYOD (Bring You Own Device) promises many benefits such as greater innovation, better work-life balance and improved productivity, but it also increases pressure on IT to manage and secure devices and data. How to do BYOD successfully is a challenge.'s BYOD guide offers a variety of resources and strategies to help you navigate the many pros and cons, security issues, costs and more.

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Many workers who bring their mobile devices to the office don't care about security, which is forcing IT leaders to take action. Some CIOs offer stipends to help cover mobile expenses in return for BYOD compliance. Others are choosing to throw the kill switch on lost or stolen smartphones.

BYOD Brings Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt to the Enterprise

You lost your smartphone, which you also used for work. Think that's bad news? It gets worse. You wait a few days to tell IT. These days that can get you fired. So now you're thinking, 'I really wish I read that BYOD policy.' Five years after BYOD first caught fire, IT is still trying to figure out how to handle it.

IT Learns to COPE With Mobile Devices

More than 60 percent of employees say it is OK to transfer work documents to personal devices or online file-sharing apps. Given that statistic, it's no surprise that companies want to rein in BYOD. However, there may be alternative: A move to company-owned-personally-enabled devices promises to give employers greater control of mobile devices without trampling on privacy.

BYOD's Battle Royale Pits IT vs. Employee

IT departments want to control the devices employees bring into the workplace. Employees say, 'my device, my rules.' It's an epic battle that promises to rage on, but who's winning right now? Check out this infographic for a BYOD scorecard.

How CIOs Can Navigate Treacherous BYOD Waters's Tom Kaneshige writes that implementing a BYOD program is like setting sail on uncharted seas where danger lurks like pirates. However, if you navigate the waters carefully and batten down the hatches, you can enjoy a smooth journey.

IT Pros and BYOD Users See Support Much Differently

When it comes to providing mobile support to BYOD employees, IT and end users have drastically different perspectives. More than half of tech pros recently surveyed would give themselves a grade of A or B. However, most users would give IT a C or worse. Why the disconnect? Mobility Brings Changing Roles for CIOs, Workers and Businesses

Mobility in the enterprise is on the move. What's the future look like? BYODers might have to fork out more cash, businesses must turn into mobile tech experts, and CIOs will take on a new role.

Does Mavericks Burst Open the Door to BYOD for OS X?

By offering a free Mac OS X upgrade that's (quietly) enterprise-friendly, Apple may have found a way to appeal to both the consumer and business sides of Mac users' persona. And once they have a chance to test it, it may even make CIOs happy.

What Does iOS 7 Bring to the BYOD Party?

Apple's first rule about enterprise features: 'You don't talk about enterprise features.' While you may not hear it from Cupertino, BYOD features abound in iOS 7 and, according to AirWatch's Blake Brannon, they are 'as innovative as we've seen from Apple.'

CIOs Need to Push BYOD Policies to Lure Millennials

In less than two years, millennials will make up the largest segment of the workforce. If you hope to attract GenY technology professionals, your IT strategy better include a bring-your-own-device plan that plays to the strengths of this tech-dependent generation. BYOD Creates Trust Gap Between Workers and Employers

Infographic: If you're a CIO (or other IT leader) and you have a BYOD policy in place, you also have some trust issues to overcome: Your users aren't confident their personal data is remaining private.

What Can Employers Really See on a BYOD Smartphone or Tablet?

The move to a BYOD workplace means an employee's work life and personal life coexist on a single device. As employees are asked to sign strict user policies, are they also signing away their right to privacy? Here's a look at what a company can and cannot see on personal devices.

CIOs Look Ahead: Millennials, Consumer Tech and the Future

The newest wave of workers, known as Millennials, are demanding technology freedom and a blurring of the work-life line through social media and personal mobile devices. Here's how CIOs can give Millennials what they want without relinquishing control. Federal CIOs Grapple With BYOD, Mobile Workforce

Security and cultural issues are among many challenges government CIOs face in implementing mobile device management and BYOD strategies.

CIO Challenge with BYOD: Don't Fall Down the Rabbit Hole

A recent slew of surveys about the bring your own device trend portray a topsy-turvy computing world shaping up in the enterprise. The CIO's ultimate challenge is to prevent the very real world of BYOD from becoming surreal.

The BYOD Sea Change Has Already Started

Enterprises may see cost savings as employees pay for their own devices in the brave new BYOD world, but that doesn't mean a free lunch for IT. This emerging trend only increases the pressure on IT to manage and secure devices and data. IT Decision-Makers Say Embrace BYOD or Be Left Behind

In a global survey of technology leaders, Dell Quest Software reports that companies that adopt a user-centric approach to BYOD tend to reap the most benefits and suffer the fewest setbacks and challenges.

5 Reasons Why CIOs Can't Ignore Consumerization of IT

Social media's emergence as a key business app is just one of the trends that have led to a point of no return on consumer IT. Dell's Paul D'Arcy explains -- and shares how CIOs can plan for and benefit from the consumerization of IT.

Three Ways BYOD Changes Company Architecture

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is really taking root among companies everywhere. It's a trend that has challenged IT departments to change the way they think about enterprise IT. I spoke to three companies that have found unique solutions in managing the BYOD trend without compromising the user experience.

How BYOD Will Affect Your Staffing

Consumerization of IT has rocked the usual mode of operation for many IT departments. Because technical knowledge doesn't reside solely with the IT department, processes are being developed to connect IT and other departments. New job positions are being created to handle the opportunities and challenges that this trend brings. Following are three new titles we're seeing pop up in companies everywhere due to the consumerization of IT movement.

BYOD to Change the Face of IT in 2013

The influx of younger workers and BYOD programs in 2013 will continue to shake up IT departments, according to new research reports. Should CIOs shift to a device-neutral service model?

In a BYOD World, Is IT Redundant?

Reports of the death of IT departments in the Bring Your Own Device era have been exaggerated. However, if IT doesn't accept its new role one that's focused less on individual user support and more on setting policies then it might be time to write the obituary.

Can BYOD Bury the Hatchet Between IT and Business?

BYOD can wreak havoc on the tenuous relationship between IT and the business. But networking giant Cisco, which has a sophisticated BYOD plan for employees, is hoping more reasonable BYOD policies that permit personal cloud services will help bridge the gap.

IBM CIO Discusses Big Blue's BYOD Strategy

IBM CIO Jeanette Horan has plenty of IT projects and systems to worry about, but perhaps one of the most pressing and timely is Big Blue's ongoing BYOD (bring your own device) rollout, which is aimed at including all of the company's 440,000 employees over time.

BYOD's Phone Number Problem

A simple smartphone number can be an incredibly important corporate asset, but companies will have to give it up in a BYOD scenario. How a Big Financial Services Firm Faced BYOD iPads

With BYOD iPad security under control, financial services firm Blackstone looks toward tough challenges ahead, including the possibility of company-owned iPads and opening up its BYOD program to Android and Windows 8 devices.

Dell Software CIO Says BYOD Is Not About Devices

For Dell Software CIO Carol Fawcett, "BYOD" is not about being an expert on every mobile device in the world; it's about giving workers secure access to the apps and data they need on whatever device they are using. Fawcett reveals more BYOD tips in this Q&A.

How BYOD Saved VMware $2 Million

As more companies adopt a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach to mobile, many are getting caught by hidden costs. But virtualization titan VMware has bucked that trend. VMware CIO Mark Egan explains how his company accomplished its feat.

Will BYOD Give Rise to the Enterprise Genius Bar?

As the evasion of consumer tech changes IT, it makes sense that support for consumer devices would start to reflect the retail experience. Think Apple's Genius Bar. Mike Burgio of Inergex, an IT services firm, talks about why IT leaders need to think about hitting the bar.

BlackBerry CIO on Mobile Security, BYOD and the Modern CIO Role Senior Editor Al Sacco sat down with Research In Motion (RIM) CIO Robin Bienfait at CTIA's MobileCon 2012 conference to talk about RIM's future, business continuity, mobile security, BYOD, the modern CIO role and what it means to be a woman in a role dominated by men.

Why CIOs Should Reconsider BYOD

CIO magazine publisher emeritus Gary Beach sees reasons that a popular BYOD policy will be unsustainable for companies. Some IT execs are already switching to providing company-provided consumer devices. Will you be next? Electronic Arts Embraces BYOD, Consumerization of IT and Cloud

Faced with a market edging away from console games and toward casual, interrupt-driven games, Electronic Arts believes it's adapt-or-die time. EA CIO Mark Tonnesen came on board six months ago to enable the video game giant's digital transformation. He sits down for a chat about IT transformation, BYOD and consumerization of IT with's Thor Olavsrud.

Dell, EMC, Cisco Tackle BYOD With Desktop Virtualization

As the Bring Your Own Device trend gains traction, Dell and EMC/Cisco are taking different approaches to desktop virtualization. Generally, Dell aims for PC users in the midmarket, while the EMC/Cisco partnership may work better for enterprises that have to consider the iPad. Both tacks are worth a look, though.

VMware Going 'All In' with BYOD

From social networks to seven-digit savings to employee angst, VMware's internal BYOD program for smartphones has it all. Now the company is looking to expand BYOD to laptops and tablets.

BYOD Drives Communism Out of IT

Freedom of choice when it comes to technology decisions has traditionally ended at the doors of the enterprise, where IT tells you what hardware and software you can use. But BYOD and consumerization of IT may be the new Glasnost.

BYOD Devices, Device Management & Apps

Attack of the BYOD-Killing MDM Software

BYOD has been an enterprise hit because it allows employees the convenience of combining their work and personal lives on a single mobile device while offering companies a sense of security thanks to mobile device management software. However, a breed of monstrous new MDM software threatens to send users away screaming.

10 Coolest Tech Devices to Bring to Work

While smartphones and tablets have stirred the bring-your-own-device crowd to action lately, employees have been bringing their own tech gadgets to work for years. Here's a look at some of the coolest BYOD tech, past and present.

The Enterprise App Store: 10 Must-Have Features

Enterprise app stores are an emerging trend following on the heels of the BYOD movement. But there's a method to the madness. Here are expert tips for building the perfect app distribution store for your business. BYOD: Making Sense of the Work-Personal Device Blur

The bring-your-own-device trend intersects the lines of personal and work lives, stirring up a mess of problems for enterprise IT leaders, from dealing with lost devices to keeping corporate data out of consumer cloud services.

Mobile Device Management: Getting Started

The rapid-fire spread of mobile devices being used by enterprise employees can be a huge boon for businesses in productivity and customer service gains, but those advantages don't come without a price.

10 Mobile Device Management Apps to Take Charge of BYOD

Managing devices in a BYOD environment is no mean feat, and the right mobile device management (MDM) product can be a key component in making it work. Here are 10 leading MDM products on the market today. Dual-Persona Smartphones Not a BYOD Panacea

Mobile vendors are pushing technologies that split a smartphone into two separate platforms for business and personal data. Problem solved, right? Not so fast. It's still easy for employees to circumvent the two worlds.

VMware and Verizon Tackle BYOD with Dual Persona Phones

VMware has partnered with Verizon to offer dual persona smartphones for Verizon enterprise customers. It's currently available on two Android- based phones, but more Android devices and iOS support are expected soon.

10 Popular iPhone Apps - Blacklisted!

BYOD programs may come with the restriction of apps that consume too much data, risk malware or distract workers. Here are 10 iPhone apps that you're likely to find on a blacklist.

Cisco Cius Death Another Affirmation of BYOD

BYOD has killed the Cisco's Cius tablet, putting the final nails in the coffin of the "enterprise-only" mobile device.

Microsoft and BYOD

Will Windows 8 Be the Client OS That IT Loves Best?

Speakers at Microsoft TechEd touted the virtues of the upcoming Windows 8. No surprise there except the speakers were using Windows 8 on tablets, with nary a desktop in sight. Will the strength of Windows 8 on tablets finally get IT and end users on the same BYOD page?

Is Windows 8 the Answer to Consumerization of IT Woes?

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