BYOD benefits business, challenges IT

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The diversification of the mobile ecosystem is making mobility more complex, says CA Southern Africa's Gareth James.
The diversification of the mobile ecosystem is making mobility more complex, says CA Southern Africa's Gareth James.

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is creating new opportunities for business, while presenting challenges for IT, says Gareth James, solutions strategist: mobility and cloud at CA Southern Africa.

"This trend is pushing businesses into one of two camps - deny access and stifle growth and innovation, or agree and force IT to cope with the resultant complexities," says James.

"Both here and across the globe, we have moved from a fairly closed ecosystem centred largely on BlackBerry, into a far more complicated and diverse environment encompassing Android, Apple and Windows devices. Worldwide, there are, as of now, probably more than 9 000 Android and about 18 different Apple mobile devices available."

In addition, users are no longer just using these devices to communicate, says James. They are also running and accessing a rising number of applications, and are using their devices for business intelligence purposes as well.

In this context, says James, IT needs to give users always-on access, from practically any mobile device, while having real-time insight into mobile device status and usage, coupled with automated device enrolment, configuration and decommissioning.

"Anytime, anywhere access has become a must-have, but as companies enable this shift in strategy, many struggle with doing so in a secure and compliant manner," he says.

CA IT Management Symposium

With IT now at the core of every business and every new business initiative, gaining a competitive edge rests on the quality and scope of a company's IT. Businesses wanting to go big should be sharpening and extending their focus on IT management to ensure that IT is an enabler of business growth and innovation. The CA IT Management Symposium is the perfect place for South African IT and business decision-makers to do just that. This event, scheduled for 20 February 2014, brings together leading international and local experts on IT management to provide an update on global IT trends, strategies and technologies. For more information, click here.

There are, however, solutions available from CA to ensure busy IT teams can manage mobile devices as easily as they can manage desktops, virtualised resources or cloud services.

Mobile device management, mobile application management, mobile content management and mobile services management will be extensively covered during the mobility track at the upcoming CA IT Management Symposium, along with various other issues and challenges in the rapidly evolving mobility space.

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