BYOD or BYOS
A transformation was taking place at the most recent Mobile World Congress. We are moving from the smartphone to a plethora of devices. I wonder if “Bring Your Own Device” is still a relevant term is given this shift in the mobile space.
A mobile device refers to many more things these days than ever before, phone, laptop, tablet & watch, the list goes on. Very few of us would only use one mobile device today? Going through airport security would be less of hassle if people owned fewer mobile devices.
I believe that we should consider replacing the “D” for “device” in BYOD with an “S” for “stuff”, thus giving us a new acronym, BYOS. Why BYOS? Because we are bringing multiple things to the office or on our travels these days to meet the needs of our technology driven lives. The industry realises that people do not want one device that does everything OK, but would prefer a device that does one or two things well.
We saw lots of new stuff that goes beyond the traditional definition of devices at Mobile World Congress. There were smart homes, smart cars, smart shoes, and more incorporated elements of mobility, however, wearables were definitely front and centre. Wearables take us to that next level of mobility.
The fully connected life is the next fast approaching internet phenomenon. That’s a serious worry for those of us who need to survive in the BYOS world. The management and security of smartphones is a big challenge. Imagine what it will be like when executives want to access corporate data from their connected cars. Almost half of “Baby Boomers” consider it vital to access the phone in the vehicle for business, according to an IDC research report.
The arrival of the wearable generation is opening up enterprise mobility to entirely new areas that have not previously been considered as mobile. Healthcare, retail and public safety are just a few industries in which wearable tech is creating new management requirements. We need to understand that we must change our way of thinking about devices. We must evolve to neutral, discreet data management that allows users independence over their digital experiences while protecting corporate data integrity.
Software is also a crucial element that we cannot forget as we expand our thinking about hardware. The web and mobile development guru Himanshu Sareen points out, “Extended software applications are needed to interact with and analyse the data”. Mobile application testing and mobile application management software will become increasingly important categories as enterprises will need to test, secure and manage these new applications.
Google recently increased pressure on its competition with its “Android Wear” initiative. “Android Wear” supports wearables, including watches with options such as fitness trackers, voice control and notifications. This is just the latest example of evolving consumer technologies and it is another sign that enterprises will have introduce a flexible, software-centric response to employee BYOS impulses.