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Adopt 'be your own IT manager' mindset to deal with BYOD

Christine Wong | April 27, 2012
The bring your own device trend is creating a "be your own IT manager" mindset among small business owners -- and pushing device makers and carriers to be IT consultants, not just sell hardware and services.

It's appealing to Coreen Holder, a small business owner who attended the event. Her Ajax, Ont. firm Strategic Result provides business planning and IT consulting to companies with one to 50 employees. She has a Samsung Galaxy II smartphone but sold a tablet she bought because "I just wasn't using it enough," she said. Now she's considering buying the Galaxy Note because it rolls the smartphone and tablet functions into one device.

Although she's a one-woman business for now, Holder hopes to hire a full-time administrative staffer and take on two or three associated consultants on an as-needed basis in the next year. BYOD isn't a concern for her yet, but she wants to be ready for it as her business grows. Her focus for now is shifting from using her smartphone solely as a communication device into harnessing it as a mobile office -- precisely the kind of mobile IT advice so many small businesses are seeking today from the likes of Rogers, Samsung and others.

"It's a gradual progression," Holder said. "I don't want the function to be so much just on the gadgets."

 

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