What’s a BYOD CIO to do?

Forrester’s 2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends report looked at 9,766 global information workers. “Anytime, anywhere information workers” that use three or more devices now constitute 29 percent of the global workforce. And, we’re just getting going in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) era.

Source: Forrester Research
Source: Forrester Research

Windows has 92% of the desktop, Mac OS has grown to almost 10% of laptops, iOS dominates tablets and users have all kinds of smart phones. But, 208M workers want an iPhone next and 200M want Windows tablets. What does it all mean? In a BYOD era, there’s no such thing as mobile device management in the enterprise.

Managing Users rather than Devices

CIOs and IT Departments are responding by deploying company applications in an [enterprise] cloud and managing user access to these applications rather than blocking Facebook and updating drivers on your hardware. At frevvo, we get to see this on a daily basis. Customers used to tell us – everyone’s running IE8 on Windows XP and that’s all we care about. Some still do but most want to deploy business applications in the [enterprise] cloud and they need to work “anytime, anywhere”.

Luckily, the options are growing every day. From Microsoft Office to CRM solutions to mobile forms, there’s no reason for IT to think about platforms and hardware. Much better to focus on important things like big data projects or process automation rather than babysitting iPhones.

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