How Will BYOD Impact IT Departments in 2014?

Last year, data centers were the focus of most companies’ IT departments. IT leaders asked  how they could increase efficiency, and how to better utilize cloud servers, and if they’re really are more secure.  Experts predict this year will be the year of innovation and understanding what datacenters can really do around BYOD and how cloud computing can securely integrate the technologies we use in our daily lives.

BYOD has become one of the hottest topics for companies and their IT departments. With the amount of cloud services and the availability of information across multiple platforms, workers now expect to access their office on any tech device from home, while traveling, and during the daily commute.

For IT organizations the challenge is to transition from viewing each device as an individual asset to focusing more on the productivity and efficiency the workforce can have when their devices are connected. The technology allows all policies, access rights and restrictions to follow the user from device to device, connecting each device without confusion. Seems like a dream come true, right?  So, why the hesitation?

Security is another concern for companies as they migrate to a BYOD connectivity and cloud server strategy. When cloud technology was first deployed, there was a lot of reluctance because of data security issues.  Centralized data storage can leave some organizations feeling vulnerable. But with the latest developments and strong focus of cloud services this year, we will be seeing the cloud utilized in more ways imagined.

Businesses consider the following when deploying BYOD connectivity and cloud server strategies:

  • Ease of use – Implementing cloud technology into your business can make the job easy for IT pros. Instead of keeping all data on multiple platforms, all of the needed data will be in one place, making IT’s job easier with cloud-centralized data management.
  • Increased storage capacity –  The cloud can accommodate and store much more data compared to a set of servers or the typical brick and mortar data center. IT organizations gain responsiveness while reducing overall IT spend when relying on the cloud for their data storage needs.  It eliminates concerns over storage space and spares businesses the need to upgrade their computer hardware.
  • New focus for IT jobs  – As companies start implementing the BYOD and cloud strategy in their organizations, the nature of their work will change.  Less time will be spend servicing and responding to tickets, and allow more time for IT pros to focus on other more meaningful projects.
  • Transition vs ongoing management – Some may think that the cloud is just another technology to be managed. IT departments run lean and typically have a long queue of projects and priorities to manage. Even though the cloud improves efficiency for business users and tech leaders alike, the work to transition to the new platform can be complicated, depending on your business rules and the level of customization required. 

There are always pros and cons to consider when deploying a new technology strategy.   Those IT pros that are interested and dedicated themselves to learning more about BYOD and cloud integration technologies will be ahead of the curve.