5 Things You Need to Know about BYO Tech

The "Bring Your Own PC" trend has expanded to become Bring Your Own Device -- as end users walk smartphones, tablets and some IT management headaches into the enterprise. Here's a guide to five key BYOD issues, to help you plan wisely and head off trouble.

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Two megatrends collided in big IT shops during 2010, and will continue their irresistible force/immovable object dynamic moving into 2011 and beyond, analysts say.

One is the well-ordered, well-established practice of consolidating servers and PCs as much as possible and standardizing on specific manufacturers, form factors and component lists to minimize support, training and replacement costs.

The other is the consumerization of IT, which is having as great an impact on the business world as the PC, LAN or networking revolutions, by putting the interface to almost any IT resource in a business literally in the hands of end users, according to Ian Song, research analyst for IDC.

The demand by end users for access to corporate IT resources using iPads, iPhones and other devices they personally own is one IT has a long tradition of opposing. Opposition wasn't difficult when the devices were a Blackberry here or a Macintosh there, Song says.

The buzzword for all this — other than consumerization — is Bring Your Own. The name began as Bring Your Own PC, was morphed into BYO Computer when it began to be applied to Mac users bringing in their laptops, and eventually to BYO Device (BYOD).

1. Who owns the hardware?

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