bring your own smart machine (BYOSM)

Contributor(s): Francesca Sales

Bring your own smart machine (BYOSM) is a business environment in which employees bring their own smart machines to the workplace.  

Smart machines are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention. They include robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems that use machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

The term bring your own smart machine was coined by Gartner analyst Tom Austin, who predicts that BYOSM will disrupt the majority of the U.S. knowledge workforce by 2020. As with the bring your own device movement, CIOs, IT executives and other senior officers seeking to encourage innovation in the workplace may embrace BYOSM. Potential downsides to BYOSM, however, including dealing with regulatory, security and privacy concerns, as well as the perceived threat to the current workforce as a result of the machine-assisted automation of tasks.


This was last updated in May 2014

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