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.

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.

2 Comments

  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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