Thursday, January 17, 2013

Are You Ready for the BYOD Epidemic?


What is it? The massive growth of video and mobile data devices appears to have changed everything. Bring your own device (BYOD) (also referred to as Bring your own technology (BYOT), Bring your own phone (BYOP), and Bring your own PC (BYOPC)) is a term that is frequently used to describe the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their place of work and use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The term is also used to describe the same practice applied to students using personally owned devices in education settings. With "road warriors" making up a large percentage of hotel guests, these devices are brought onto the hotel network as well.
                                                    * Image sourced from travel technology consultant firm T2Impact

Who does it affect? The BYOD movement affects all network users, including: hotel guests, hotel staff, conference center guests, office workers, students, etc.

When is it happening? The BYOD movement is happening as you read this web page. It will only continue to expand in size and density.

Where is it happening? The BYOD movement started off in the office/corporate segment but has quickly spread to most networks, including: hotel, education, and conference center networks.

Why do I care? Everyone that uses a network, manages a network or makes purchase for network equipment should understand the ramifications of BYOD. The BYOD epidemic is extremely taxing on an entire network and specifically on individual network components. If a network isn't built to handle the volume of devices then all users will have a poor experience.

How can I prepare for BYOD? Continue reading...

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