Over past the few years, there has been a lot of hype around the phrase “Consumerization of IT.” Maybe we have the BlackBerry to blame. Once the darling of the corporate world, companies steadfastly held on to the BlackBerry as their employees overwhelmingly purchased newer and smarter smartphones for their personal use. It was inevitable, then, that those devices began being used to access the enterprise network and run these applications. It’s called the consumerization of IT, and like many trends, it presents both threats and opportunities.
Let’s discuss how the consumerization of IT is impacting the business world.
A recent IDG Enterprise Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise (CITE) survey cited that the mobile movement will not be stopped, and companies must make changes to protect corporate data while accommodating the devices their employees expect.
82 percent of companies surveyed said they were already making changes, such as defining how corporate data can be shared, investing in mobile device management (MDM) solutions, and purchasing secure file sharing services.
From the survey results, it seems that rather than fighting the consumerization of IT, companies are recognizing it is more than a trend – it’s a new reality – and they are finding ways to respond and adapt. One way they are adapting is by increasing their reliance on cloud computing applications – 60 percent of the survey respondents said that consumer technology use would increase the use of cloud computing at their companies.
Time to Capitalize on the Cloud
We recently wrote about the importance of having a mobile workforce for a business trying to grow in a competitive marketplace. Having a workforce that can be collaborative from anywhere at any time and share data across multiple platforms is a game changer. As Cloud technologies continue to advance the opportunities for the businesses sector are limitlessness.
By embracing the consumerization of IT, companies can develop strategies and adopt cloud-based applications to save money, increase business agility, bolster collaboration, foster faster decision making, and improve employee productivity and satisfaction. In fact, back to the CITE survey, 70 percent of survey respondents reported that they had an increase in ROI of some sort by using consumer devices in the workplace. Sounds like a trendsetting all-around win for businesses of all sizes.