BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-07-2012
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BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By the end of 2012, more than 1 billion BYOD devices are projected to ship worldwide, leaving CIOs with an endless supply of products to contend with in the office.

The corporate world has changed dramatically in the last few years, hasn't it? For many CIOs that worked their way through the 1990s' Web boom and into the early 2000s with the smartphone craze, change is nothing new. But, along the way, CIOs and other IT decision-makers were able to determine the products that employees used in the office. The very thought of them using anything else was unfathomable for a long, long time. Clearly, that is changing. Employees are bringing their own personal devices into the enterprise at an alarming rate. And CIOs, who long decided that they should determine what's best for the company, are being forced to accept this trend. Whereas BlackBerrys once reigned supreme, now it's the iPhone and Android devices that stand atop the smartphone market. And while Dell or HP laptops were once all the rage in the enterprise, today it can be a problem if a company doesn't offer iPads to employees. Realizing that, Blue Coat Systems, a company that specializes in the enterprise security, has surveyed the bring-your-own-device craze to see how it's affecting the corporate world. And when it comes to network impact, BYOD is costing companies more than they think. Flip through the following slides to learn about BYOD and the impact it's having on the corporate world.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.


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