The wearable device: When will it arrive in the enterprise?

In this recap, #CIOChat-ters discuss who should be concerned about the wearable device, and when CIOs might need to prepare related wearable policies.

Consumer electronics events like International CES 2014, the Wearable Tech Conference and Expo and the 11th Wearable...

Technologies Conference -- just to name a few -- have many in IT talking about the wearable device incursion. Not only will companies need to prepare for these consumer devices to enter the workplace by crafting new bring your own wearables (BYOW) policies, but some predict they'll also start creating company-specific wearable technology to keep up with user demand.

But how distant is this wearable-focused future? Some of our recent #CIOChat participants don't see wearables in the workplace as a reality, or a priority, in the near-term:

While these #CIOChat-ters don't see wearables having a major impact on the workplace in the next year or so, they are already considering the implications elsewhere -- i.e., schools and government buildings:

Tweet jam participants suggest certain industries and organizations are more concerned with wearable technology in the early stages, but major enterprises need not worry for now -- or should they? Could being lax about the current impact of wearables now leave your IT organization overwhelmed and scrambling in the near future? One tweet jammer said yes:

Wearables such as smartwatches and smart glasses might be toy-like now, but what do we have to look forward to? Our followers predict the wearables of the future -- the ones in the enterprise -- won't look anything like the ones we see in use today:

So when, precisely, might wearable devices go mainstream in the workplace?

When do you think we'll see wearables significantly impact the enterprise? Sound off in the comments section below. For more #CIOChat recaps or to learn about our next chat, follow @SearchCIO on Twitter. We would like to thank this month's tweet jam expert Simon Jones, managing director at OnPR, a technology public relations and analyst firm, and a blogger at WearableTechWatch for joining us and responding to participants' tweets.

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When do CIOs need to start worrying about wearable devices in the enterprise?
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Wearables aren't really prevalent yet, but that doesn't mean CIOs shouldn't already be thinking about what the impact might be. Waiting until these devices become more popular (whether it's on the wrist or on the eyes) means that any policies that are put in place are more likely to be reactive. Getting started early can help to at least prepare - plans can always be adjusted after you see how users actually employ these devices. 
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Don't be so complacent -- it will happen just like BYOD did. And the first time that a salespeople wears a pair of Google Glasses or openly uses some other device with continuous real-time recording capabilities in front of customers (and without permission since he/she would have to ask everyone he/she comes in contact with, which will get tedious quickly so he/she will stop asking), there will be an incident. It isn't the same as carrying around a smartphone! This is much more intrusive and in-your-face. How soon is it coming? I don't but I do know people who are already wearing smart watches, and some have recording capabilities.
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