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Will this be the day you define your BYOD strategy?

JohnJ_1 ‎09-25-2013 03:24 AM - edited ‎09-07-2015 09:30 PM

I recently read a great blog post about BYOD and the pressure it puts on the CIO to deliver. Over at the Enterprise Irregulars, Michael Krigsman’s “BYOD: The new battle ground for CIO Value”  really hit home for me.  He highlights how the pressure on CIOs to deliver has never been greater. At home, business leaders have access to cool, exciting cutting-edge technology and they expect to have access to similar technology at work.   Yet, CIOs can find it hard to push BYOD to the top of their priority list when they are expected to maintain a complex portfolio of legacy systems, deliver high availability, control costs, maintain security and deliver innovation…. Sound familiar?


I especially liked Michael’s conclusion that innovation is the key for a CIO to succeed. CIOs need to find a way to deliver what the business needs, instead of telling them why they can’t or won’t.  


In the past, much has been written about “IT – Business Alignment”, and this is a further extension of the same theme. However in this case, the IT organization is in a difficult situation; the business has become much more IT savvy in the past decade and their expectations are significantly different.


We’ve been talking about BYOD here for a while.


Consider Mike Jennett’s  (HP IT Mobility Program Director) take on a BYOD Recipe for success

Or my recent post about the importance of a simple, but workable BYOD policy, and the challenges that mobile developers face when building enterprise apps.


Here a few key themes:

  1. BYOD is here to stay… and growing
  2. IT has to lean in and innovate to meet business demand
  3. Adopt a simple, workable policy
  4. Find an enterprise platform to support your policy
  5. Embrace agile and rapid delivery—get ahead of demand
  6. Continue to iterate and innovate, and potentially discover new business value together.

The bottom line is that you CAN succeed in a BYOD world. In fact, it’s probably true that a few years from now, you’ll look back and realize that you’ve been more successful as a result of your BYOD strategy and tactics. Or, will you look back on today and realize that you decided to look the other way and hoped it would simply vanish.  What are you waiting for?


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