The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is considered to have started in 2009 when employees at Intel began using their own smart phones, tablets and mobile storage devices on the job. Intel’s senior leaders chose to embrace this trend because they found that it not only cut costs, but also improved productivity.
However, as always, security is the highest concern for the sensitive data that is accessed in this manner.
Last week Options, a leading private financial cloud provider for global capital markets, announced that it has enlisted MobileIron, the market leader in security and management for mobile apps, documents, and devices, for the Options PIPE platform because MobileIron demonstrated “the ability to provide a complete security and management platform while preserving a user’s typical mobile device experience.” In addition, “The MobileIron multi-OS platform can support a mix of corporate and BYOD devices, in addition to the many associated operating systems.”
Workers are willing to bear the cost burden of their devices partly because they quite simply want to use the tool of their choice with features and applications that they find more productive and efficient for themselves.
Options CTO, John Bryant explains, “People now wish to utilize the same technology they’re using at home within the workplace and MobileIron allows for just that. It’s a win-win for both the employee and the employer. The firm has the peace of mind that the mobile devices being used to access the company’s data and systems are secure, regulated and compliant; while the employee can opt to use an existing device they are comfortable and familiar with.”
In Mobile Device Management (MDM): Infrastructure and Services 2014 – 2019 Mind Commerce analyzes the following:
- Vendor Strategies: how vendors and carriers will position themselves to capitalize on MDM opportunity
- Market Forecasts: A global and regional assessment of the market and forecasts for the MDM market from 2014 till 2019
- Industry Value Chain: An analysis of the key market players across the value chain and predictions about the market performance in the next five years.
The number of Enterprise BYOD devices currently is approximately 180 million globally, but is expected to increase to 390 million by 2015.
For more information, see Mobile Device Management (MDM): Infrastructure and Services 2014 – 2019.