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Planning for the future of mobility: A BYOD guide for enterprise CIOs

In this CIO Essential Guide, learn how IT leaders are planning for the future of mobility, aligning consumer devices with bring your own technology trends.

Is your company planning for the future of mobility? If not, you're at serious risk of being left behind. The heavy integration of mobile technologies in both the personal and business spheres is driving IT departments to think differently when it comes to developing technology roadmaps.

One major concern: BYOD. Bring your own device goes beyond employees toting their personal smartphones to work or accessing business email from home on their tablet PC. BYOD is spilling into other areas of the enterprise, such as bring your own apps (BYOA), bring your own cloud (BYOC) and bring your own network (BYON) -- all of which are changing the mobile landscape and complicating enterprise mobile device policies. Here, we examine next-generation mobile strategies and how emerging BYOD trends are forcing IT leaders to rethink long-held beliefs about where, and how, work gets done.

This CIO Essential Guide on planning for the future of mobility is part of the CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

Planning for Success

1. A next-generation mobile strategy

When BYOD first emerged on the enterprise CIO's radar, one of the primary concerns was securing company data to prevent employees from accidentally -- or intentionally -- sharing confidential information with outsiders. Recent bring your own technology trends like BYOA, BYON and BYOC are forcing IT teams to reconsider current policies and revitalize their mobile strategies. In these stories and tips, get advice from enterprise and SMB CIOs on crafting an IT roadmap for the future of mobility.


2. The future of BYOD: Top threats

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice BYOD. Sure, mobility's future is bright, but there are many risk management snags to sort out. The videos in this section examine the compliance and security threats you may incur as part of an enterprise mobility program, as well as strategies for surmounting them. The final video looks toward the future of mobility and business intelligence, so you can prepare for problems on the horizon.

Emerging trends

3. Bring one, bring all: BYOA, BYOC and BYON

In simpler mobility times, employees were merely asking to access work emails and contact lists on the same mobile device they used to tweet and call Mom. Now BYOA, BYOC and BYON are driving IT departments to evaluate how lenient they're willing to be when confidential data is at stake.


4. Bring your own what? BYO terms to know

Before implementing bring-your-own programs at your organization, make sure you understand exactly what to expect from employees, clients and customers.


5. BYOD studies in success

As CIOs tackle new bring-your-own trends and technologies, success stories are emerging. In this section, learn how BYOD fits into the future of mobility and read how IT leaders across industries are leveraging new device policies to prepare their clients, customers and employees for mobile triumphs.


6. BYOD trends: Test your knowledge of mobile policy and procedure

It's likely your organization has already adopted a BYOD policy, or has one in the works. In recent years, BYOD has sprung up in the workplace as CIOs consider how they can improve accessibility and convenience for their employees. Along the way, CIOs have been bombarded by news, expert advice and how-to demonstrations on BYOD trends, practices and problems -- and we want to see you put that knowledge to the test. Review some of our recent CIO coverage and take our BYOD trend quiz to see whether you have the strategic, security and budgetary knowledge to revolutionize the way in which your organization and employees proceed in what's fast becoming a mobile-first environment.

Test your BYOD smarts