As we move through life technology is constantly overtaking us. I think this is one of the best parts of my job at QlikTech as you never get a chance to get bored! One of the most obvious of those is changing mobile technology: last April was the 40th anniversary of the mobile phone. I remember my first mobile phone was a Panasonic transportable. Didn’t I look cool carrying that down to my local bar on a Saturday night?

 

 

One thing that brought home to me how widespread the impact of mobile technology is was when my wife, who teaches 10 year old children, said that on an end of term day when children were told they could bring a toy to school (in my day it would have been Monopoly or Scrabble) four children in her class brought in a tablet pc.

 

 

 

These children were demonstrating the reality of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

 

IT departments around the world are trying to figure out how to live with BYOD (some by putting their heads in the sand).  It must be said that the matter can be complicated by the fact that it varies country to country. In some of the BRIC counties BYOD is much more prevalent because very few companies’ issue mobile tools such as phones and tablets, and arguably because of their burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit. Another factor is that personal smartphones are more function rich than phones supplied by many organisations to their employees, and that it’s a real pain carrying around two phones all day.

 

These forces are pushing us in the same direction towards having to support the BYOD movement. But let’s not be hasty, what do we need to think about when looking to support employees as they use their own device?

 

  • Full or partial funding
  • Security, partitioning of personal and work apps
  • Expanding mobile to other parts of business
  • What platforms to support and incentivize

 

(I will cover these points in more detail during a future blog.)

 

Now there has been a sea change, CTO’s who historically would say “NO!” when asked to support a personal device are now looking at how they can actually save money by doing so and increase mobile coverage within their workforce.   This is a growing fact of life: Gartner states that by 2016 38% of all organisations will only support BYOD and will actually subsidise employees for using their own device.

 

What are you doing about BYOD?  What are your experiences?  How does BYOD relate to how you use QlikView?