BYOD and Consumerisation of IT applications hits CIOs with a double-whammy in 2012.

The first quarter of 2012 will go down in history as being one of the most significant periods of change in corporate IT ever; hitting CIOs with the the massive uptake in private use of smart phones and tablet devices and an unstoppable trend for staff to expect to be able to bring their private mobile and tablet devices in to the workplace and to expect that they work with corporate systems.

While some CIOs have already put strategies and policies in place to address enterprise mobility issues, many have not and risk being overtaken by a flood of new platforms, formats and applications that may compromise enterprise and information security if not addressed as a priority.

Key enterprise IT trends of 2012:

BYOD (Bring your own device)
Business users bringing their own devices in to the workplace and expecting them to be able to connect to corporate email, and increasingly, corporate systems like Microsoft SharePoint, reporting dashboards, CRM systems and other enterprise applications.

Consumerisation of IT and applications
App store applications that are purchased for private use are beginning to have a changing effect on the way that business users expect enterprise applications to look and behave in a mobile world.  Standard enterprise applications either do not have mobile UIs, or have uninspiring mobile experiences that do little to engage business users.

Mobile working
The introduction of smart phones and tablet devices in to the workplace is set to lead to an explosion, according to industry analysts, like VDC Research, in mobile working and staff expecting to be able to access corporate systems as if they are in the office on any mobile device.  The key challenge for IT is going to be how to achieve this without compromising corporate security policies.

Travelling business executives and field-based staff increasingly want to be able to access corporate data and content securely on mobile devices and not have to wait to action items when they get back to the office or connect to the internet via a laptop.  CIOs and IT teams have an opportunity to embrace this new way of working and to put new policies and control mechanisms in place that ensure that mobile workers can work productively when they are away from the office and in a way that minimises the risk of security breeches if the device is misplaced or stolen.

Azurati will be launching a new solution in April called SharePoint2Go that will allow mobile workers to access Microsoft SharePoint on any mobile or tablet device with full enterprise-class security features built in so that data and information security is not compromised.  If you are interested in joining our beta programme or becoming a launch reference customer, please contact us at info@azurati.com.

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