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Explaining BYOD: Why the shift happened

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We talk a lot about BYOD -- Bring Your Own Device -- here at Mobile Enterprise 360, under the assumption that everyone who is concerned with enterprise mobility knows the subject well. But just in case you are still trying to get your head around the idea of having to support devices brought in by your company's entire workforce, here is a good Wall Street Journal article (from January, but the information is still very relevant) that spells out exactly when and why BYOD happened.

Lots of us in the professional world today are old enough to remember when we got our first corporate-supplied laptop, or cell phone, usually a BlackBerry. Having written for an IT audience for most of my career I knew well the dominance IT used to have over device selection. It was big news when a big corporation decided to go with one vendor over another, because in essence the IT department was making big-number choices.

These days, device choices are made in part based on personal preference, by single employees who are picking the devices and cloud-based applications they feel will help them do better at their jobs, or help them better balance the work/life equation.

I like the ending quote from an industry executive, who thinks that because of employees asking for support for a wider range of devices and applications, enterprises now have a " richer, more diverse technology infrastructure." Sure it might be harder to support. But the end result -- higher productivity, happier workforce -- is worth it. Isn't it? Visit the Mobile Enterprise 360 community to discuss.

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