We have been hearing all about BYOD for quite some time now and I still find it amazing that there are so many companies who haven’t adopted a BYOD initiative yet. They need to prepare for the upcoming storm front that is quickly overtaking their IT organization’s idea of a well organized ship that is moving forward into productivity.

This phenomenon has reached such levels that we have even granted a namesake to these disruptors of the organizational Zen: Enter the BYODers.

For the sake of analytics lets get the basic numbers out of the way. The following stats are from a recent CDW Mobility at Work Report

  • 92% of companies are reporting challenges and failures in their attempts to control and support personal devices.
  • 9 out of 10 ITers (ok that one I made up) expect to have major upgrade plans come down from management that will compete for an already strained budget cycle.
  • 86% of employees save data (or attempt to) down to their mobile devices into programs that are not managed by their company.
  • Only 76% of companies have developed some sort of policy and guidelines around mobility and less than that has shared that out to employees.
  • 36% haven’t thought about mobility guidelines at all…36%!!!

Ok…now I know that was painful so lets end it there.

So what is causing all this fragmentation in business and the lack of adoption to an environment that is clearly putting their data and reputation at risk?

During a research quest I tripped on a very well written page that opened my eyes a bit more around these Disruptive Technologies.

Here are more stats but don’t worry they are much more interesting that the ones above:

  • Home telephones took 60yrs to reach enough homes and develop into effective communications
  • The Color TV took 18yrs to reach 50% of homes
  • Smartphones took 10yrs to reach 40% adoption*
  • Tablets took less than 3yrs to reach 10% adoption*

* These are getting faster every year and with this speed the rate of disruption to IT staffs also increases.

So other than all the smartphones, tablets, data, connections, security, and training what is causing all this disruption.

Well I’m glad you asked.

  1. Cloud Computing – Gartner is reporting that by 2016 50% of Global 1000 companies will store customer sensitive information in a cloud ecosystem.
  2. BYOD – Unbelievable growth, device explosion and lax of business preparation has made this a sever problem in the enterprise today
  3. The Internet of Things (TIOT) – I love this title. Here we have another category name for things. TIOT for short organizes all the connected day-to-day stuff in your home that is accessible and remote controlled by your smartphone. IE: The NEST for remote thermostat control. So why do you ask is this a problem for the enterprise? Your employees will demand these services be available 24/7 on their devices and any attempt to block them will create a severe backlash when little Johnny is locked out of the house in the rain and mom can’t unlock the house from her phone. Yes this option is on the market now
  4. Big Data – This is the most understood or miscalculated item in the list. Many people don’t truly know what Big Data is (for awhile myself included). In its most basic form big data can be just about anything that is stored for long-term consumption (twitter feeds, Facebook statuses, climate info for your favorite app or GPS Navigation maps that will download to your device).

So what are we to do now that we have names and descriptions for all these new things that are going to change the way we look at them? How do we prep?

Find a valuable partner who can help you wade through all these details, help you develop a sound strategy that isn’t based on a global set of rules but is based on your own business goals and creates a solid base of a system integration and employee empowerment.

We at CDW have developed a system of 5 pillars that will help you organize all these disruptions, employee/business demands, and nightmares that your IT staff has been dealing with.

  1. (Planning) Developing a solid strategy and ongoing plan that will carry you along.
  2. (Enabling) Efficient provisioning and management of your systems
  3. (Protecting) Real-time strategy around MDM, monitoring and expense management
  4. (Supporting) Effective support solutions, administrative and management tools
  5. (Empowering) Development of an ecosystem that enables your business as well as its staff to become leaders themselves and accountable for their own practices.

Are you ready for the disruptors coming to your environment?