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BLOG: To BYOD or not to BYOD

Stuart Driver | Oct. 8, 2012
Three compelling reasons why organisations must consider embracing BYOD.

2. Boost productivity. To operate effectively in today's fast-paced global environment, organisations need to be able to get work done anywhere, anytime and on any device. BYOD makes it easier to work outside of the office, improving productivity, collaboration and mobility, thus empowering workers to be best-equipped to fulfill their respective roles.

3. Alleviate security concerns. Compliance, data protection and privacy concerns are top considerations in any BYOD decision. Desktop virtualisation can enable secure device-independent computing via a Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN). This can also be supplemented by an EMM solution with secure file sync and sharing services to allow IT optimal freedom to maintain tight security and control.

BYOD does not have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Organisations have the flexibility and liberty to control the specific services they offer on their employees' devices. In addition, they can differentiate the services for specific work groups, user types, devices and network utilised. Workers participating in a BYOD programme often bring consumer-grade solutions into the enterprise, expecting them to function with enterprise applications and services. These can include lightweight versions of enterprise applications, mobile and micro apps, and consumer-focused Software as a Service (SaaS) services.

A unified storefront that securely delivers mobile, Web and Windows apps and data to any device can enable IT to mobilise any corporate app securely. At the same time, IT will have full control, providing instant access to all business apps and data from anywhere, resulting in a beautiful experience for organisations which have formal BYOD policies.

Stuart Driver is director, IT Services, APAC, Citrix.



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