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The next frontier in IT disaster recovery plans: Mobile devices
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of April 2011 Volume 7
After years of managing mobile devices that are synced to centralized servers and governed by company policy, many CIOs don't worry much about IT disaster recovery and business continuity plans for mobile devices. Those days are over -- or will be soon. The proliferation and ever-increasing diversity of workplace mobile devices -- company-issued and employee-owned -- will push CIOs to reconsider their IT disaster recovery and business continuity plans, experts say. Reducing the risks associated with workplace mobility also will drive technology purchases, from mobile device management (MDM) tools to desktop virtualization. "Executives are dragging documents through iTunes and onto their iPads. They are editing them with something like QuickOffice or Documents To Go, or Apple's Keynote and Pages products. The documents are being modified and shared, and the data stores completely cache-forwarded out there into the field; nobody is thinking about how to get them back," said Bill French, a Denver-based IT consultant and software ...
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