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Is the mobile trend here to stay? Readers sound off on BYOD

Is BYOD a fizzling mobile trend or here to stay? In this CIO Chatter, readers weighed in on mobile devices in the workplace.

Is bring your own device a passing mobile trend? When a voice in the blogosphere made this claim,

features writer Karen Goulart took note in her weekly Searchlight column. In today's mobile world, where employees insist on using self-purchased mobile devices in the workplace for emails, calls and conferencing, security and data management are paramount concerns, and IT leaders should be planning for them well into the future, right?

BYOD, dead? Please raise your hand if you're ready to turn in your precious smartphone for whatever the company is willing to pay for you to use.

But, if the mobile trend is allegedly on death's door, are organizations putting too much time into bring-your-own-device (BYOD) security and policymaking? Our readers had a thing or two to say about this BYOD claim on both sides of the issue -- turns out, some of them agree that BYOD should be on the way out:

  • "It's just [a] fancy word in IT, but in real [life] for network and system administrators, it's hard to protect and waste of time. Instead of increasing the productivity, we are giving options for insecure and concentrating less on productivity."
  • "It's a fad like most things in tech, and when it gets a backbone again it will be phased out."

But not all of our readers think BYOD considerations are a waste of time. Roughly 70% of respondents in our story poll said, "BYOD looks pretty lively to me." Conversely, 20% thought that BYOD is "sputtering out," and 10% asserted that IT leaders should "stick a fork in it."

Here's what some BYOD supporters had to say:

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  • "BYOD is just another expression of the consumerization of IT. History tells us that it used to be a big deal if an individual was literate. While illiteracy is still of human concern, we now have another level of literacy when it comes to the information age. ("Digital divide?") BYOD dead? Please raise your hand if you're ready to turn in your precious smartphone for whatever the company is willing to pay for you to use."
  • "BYOD is hardly dead, in fact just beginning. It is really just a natural evolution within the enterprise to adopt and leverage social networks, multimedia communications and visual content, anywhere on any device."

Should IT teams focus their security and data management efforts elsewhere? Are BYOD considerations becoming less important in the mobile sphere, or are you fully confident in the future of this mobile trend? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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So, is BYOD here to stay or a passing mobile trend?
That really depends on the industry. I don't think it will ever disappear entirely, but it's also hard to deny that some devices are clearly more suited for business than others. It doesn't help my company if a worker's productivity is cut in half just to let them use a device they're a little more comfortable with, and BYOD is often treading the line between what attracts high-quality workers and what's just bad business sense.
I suspect that there will be more battles to redefine that moving demarcation of "personal" technology that resides within the aegis of "privacy and the rights of individual expression" and what doesn't. I consider "BYOD" to be the first salvo of from the consumer/individual and "MDM" to be the counter-attack from the corporate side.
It is here to stay as long as companies clearly define their respective rules for engagement for both business and personal useage
Society is increasingly based on instant gratification and consumption on the go. On top of this people are also averse to change (no matter what you say, it is a basic urge to resist change). So if you're comfortable with your device and it helps you work fast and on the go, then you want to use it at work. BYOD is here to stay.
While I believe that BYOD is here to stay, security is a concern and CIOs need to adopt solutions that can secure the organisation & meet the productivity needs of their employees and stakeholders.
Really, is this a serious question.
Its just another screen with a web interface. It aldo helps moves some of the IT costs to the staff.
Security is important but add some software to it and tell staff they can use it but are responsible for it. What are employers now responsible for people who drive their car to work or get transport. Will we dictate this too because it is more secure. Arent staff assests too.
Security is a concern but support is another major one. With employees who immediately contact IT when they can't connect or access the required information, how are IT to respond given a huge array of different hardware, operating systems, service providers etc. "Sorry mate, your device your problem"? - that simply won't fly. BYOD is here to stay but reducing IT's workload? - not so sure.