Technology -> Mobile
By: Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst, Quocirca
Published: 17th August 2012
Copyright Quocirca © 2012
There is a transformation occurring in many workplaces, but despite the hype around current trends such as the consumerisation of IT and bring your own device (BYOD), these are symptoms and not root causes.
At the core is flexibility, choice and mobility. Individuals want to have more of these, and while organisations hope this will bring improvements in productivity, the fear remains; without the tight central control of all things to do with IT, is it all secure?
There are a number of ways to protect against the increased risks, but the ‘inside out’ character of highly distributed and mobile working in organisations also requires a shift in attitudes.
IT departments can no longer just ‘lock everything down’, because technology savvy employees will always find a way around such controls. They have embraced mobile working for its convenience and flexibility, so will not tolerate overly complex tools or strictures. Chief information officers (CIO) and IT Directors should think of their task as no longer ‘caging cats’ or even ‘herding cats’, but ‘luring cats’.
Some IT heads have already adopted a ‘cat luring’ attitude; this includes encouraging their IT departments to adopt best practices such as:
Organisations must plan for and adapt to the change in working practice that consumer technologies and BYOD bring, but strategies that fail to encompass the wider workplace transformation issues of mobile working will not deliver on the expected benefits. Worse still, they introduce costs and risks that, with a bit more planning and effort, could have been avoided. Total mobile security cannot be guaranteed, but with the right attitudes from both organisation and individuals, the bar can be raised and the opportunity represented by consumerisation fully embraced.
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