The Death of BYOD Comes Closer at CES 2013

In today’s mobile era, workers are reluctant to part with their devices in exchange for company-issued BBs and aging laptops.  Smartphones and tablets offer greater convenience, improved user experience and have been proven to increase worker productivity on numerous occasions – but like with everything, there’s a catch.

The problem is that the bring-your-own-device trend is not confined to one operating system. Employees own iPhones, iPads, Android devices and everything in between; an actuality that makes it immensely difficult to secure every last phone or table on the corporate network. Apple’s closed-knit ecosystem – plus the fact that Android’s source code is completely open – is certainly not making things any easier for IT departments.

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A solution is in sight, however. Mark Hopkins pegs it the death of BYOD: the organic transition to Windows 8.

Microsoft’s mobile OS may not possess the market share of its rivals, but it represents a big opportunity for the enterprise.  Hopkins believes that Windows 8 devices, coupled with the right management software, will provide an extremely viable alternative to BYOD for both companies and workers.

This prediction is quickly turning into a trend.  Vizio, an emerging manufacturer that barely head enough time to establish a market presence, is already beefing up its line-up with a 11.6-inch Tablet that runs on Windows 8.  And the AMD-powered device, purposely spelled with a capital T, is not alone

Lenovo launched several new products over the weekend leading up to CES, including two all-in-one devices that are promoted as movable alternatives to Apple iMac. The Chinese PC maker also introduced a mobile monitor that’s essentially a table without the processor. All three hybrid devices represent something uniquely different tfrom the tablets we’ve come to know, and all three run on Windows 8.

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Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher is a staff writer for SiliconANGLE covering all things enterprise and fresh. Her work takes her from the bowels of the corporate network up to the great free ranges of the open-source ecosystem and back on a daily basis, with the occasional pit stop in the world of end-users. She is especially passionate about cloud computing and data analytics, although she also has a soft spot for stories that diverge from the beaten track to provide a more unique perspective on the complexities of the industry.
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  1. Interestingly, in a recent survey, companies expressed positive response for adopting iPad over any other tablet. I think iPad’s established status will play a role in preventing large-scale enterprise adoptions of other tablets – especially Surface. And yeah, BYOD is certainly looking like it’s going to have a bleak future but hey, restrictions are also going to be brought down to a large level.

  2. I disagree that BYOD is dying or bleak future or….the whole concept of application virtualization is abstraction from the end-device.  So, IT shouldn’t care what the device is.  If its Windows 8 tablets, great, but why should a company buy it for an employee?  Providing a virtual workspace is more effective, more flexible and more security and getting there should be pragmatically done (i.e. avoid a big bang).

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