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BYO device set to take off

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 19, 2011
In an exclusive interview, Yaj Malik, area vice president, ASEAN, Citrix, tells Zafar Anjum that a Bring-Your-Own (BYO) device policy coupled with desktop virtualisation will allow IT to save a tremendous amount of time and resources.

 What kind of trend do you foresee in the context of the BYO Index? Will there be any effect on this trend if another economic crisis comes along?

With the percentage of the workforce using personally owned computing devices for work purposes expected to rise to over a third by 2013, from 28 percent to 35 percent, worldwide adoption of BYO has certainly reached the tipping point. In the Asia Pacific, there is a promising future for organisations to benefit from greater worker flexibility that encourages higher productivity, employee contentment and satisfaction in the workplace, especially in the case of India where over 60 percent of the respondents were eager to utilise BYO procedures. Desktop and application virtualisation will then become the backbone of new BYO schemes, enabling companies to empower staff with their preferred tools.

The ultimate goal of any business is to build leaner, more resilient operations fit for the long run, and this is especially pressing in times of economic uncertainty. Employees need to be as agile, efficient and productive as they can possibly be. A BYO policy would be able to help create the best environment to achieve this goal. Employees will have the option of using the device that they are most familiar with, increasing workforce productivity. Additionally, being able to use simpler, more mobile devices, such as the iPad, can also help improve mobility and efficiency for employees, allowing them to work on the go. As mentioned in an earlier answer, by adopting a BYO policy, employers meet the expectations of their digital generation employees, and as a result achieve a new way of retaining talent, which is an essential element in times of economic hardship.

A BYO policy coupled with desktop virtualisation will allow IT to save a tremendous amount of time and resources working on device management, maintenance and administrative tasks. IT can quickly and efficiently deliver corporate applications, provision virtual desktops for new staff and still have more time to concentrate on reducing redundancy in the current IT infrastructure, focusing on more strategic projects.

Such turbulent times should be seen by businesses as a chance to further fine-tune their strategies and sharpen their competitiveness. It can also be viewed as an opportunity to adopt the BYO initiative. Thus, an economic crisis is more likely to increase the rate of BYO adoption, once CIOs are aware of the benefits. 



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