Friday 18 May 2012
There are both pros and cons to the consumerisation of IT in the workplace, it has been suggested.
Andy Brewerton, country manager for United Kingdom and Ireland at Evault.com, said companies can benefit from bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.
But they may also be forced to put additional safeguards in place to ensure devices are compatible with their networks and that confidential data is kept secure.
"From a company's perspective, there's potentially a lower cost because they're not buying or investing in the amount of infrastructure," Mr Brewerton stated.
"On the flip side to that, it can also increase costs, because they have to put in place support for multiple devices."
He said BYOD is "attractive in one fashion", but problematic in the sense the concept creates additional work within the business.
"I think it increases the back-end costs, the management costs and it creates complexity within an organisation," he stated.
Earlier this year, Jon Callas, chief technology officer at Entrust, said allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices into the workplace may help raise business productivity.
He said because mobile devices have become more accessible in terms of cost, individuals are now purchasing high-end devices for their own personal use.
Posted by Alex Boardman