Could Cloud end BYOD in the Enterprise?

News Article - Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:55

By: Kerry Butters Category: Hosting

A recent report from Cloud Pro has suggested that cloud computing is likely to end enterprises’ use of most computer hardware, except for smartphones, which will become issued by the company.

Cloud Pro cite this as being the opinion of Huddle CEO Alistair Mitchell, who has said that many decision makers are moving away from BYOD and further into the cloud. This could prove a relief for those CIOs that worry about device management, especially since it’s been suggested that many companies expect there to be very little in the way of hardware management in the future.

We reported earlier in the week on the rising predictions for the adoption of IaaS and PaaS and the Cloud Pro post suggests that this is indeed the case, should Mr Mitchell prove correct.

"These CIOs have unanimously said that over the next three years they will be shifting all of their services into the cloud and don’t expect to be managing any hardware at all by the end of that time, except mobile devices,” Mitchell told Cloud Pro.

"They are moving away from BYOD into thinking ‘these are the new equivalent of laptops, so we will provide a laptop and we will provide a phone,’ because they are becoming an increasingly important part of our work lives,” he said.

He went on to say that the cost-savings afforded to companies’ further adopting cloud was likely to be re-invested into "corporate device roll outs”.

However, Mr Mitchell’s predictions do seem to directly oppose the BYOD trend that has been rising rapidly over the past few years and shows no indication of slowing down right now. The consumerisation of IT means that many employees want to use devices such as smartphones and tablets that they themselves own for work.

This tends to give the worker more flexibility in working remotely, for one thing and has encouraged the work/home divide to become somewhat more blurred. Additionally, for many companies, re-investment of the revenue that cloud generates through cost-savings could very well be better utilised in other parts of the enterprise, such as marketing and innovation.

It’s also suggested that Windows Phone will become more important to the enterprise and is poised to take Blackberry’s old position as the best mobile device for work. This could indeed be the case as last month, Beta News reported that Microsoft scored "a major win” for adoption in the enterprise and government thanks to Windows Phone 8 recently acquiring FIPS 140-2 certification.

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