The popularity of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement has introduced a shift in client computing, according to Gartner.
Gartner's recent research concerning the rise of BYOD programs shows that mobile devices provide employees with opportunities to conduct business and access data in the cloud. Even companies that are not interested in implementing a BYOD policy should clearly state their positions on bringing personal devices to the workplace, the report said.
A BYOD policy allows employees to bring their smartphones or tablets to work. Gartner predicts that BYOD will eventually expand to include employees' notebook computers and other devices.
"The market for mobile devices is booming, and the basic device used in business compared to those used by consumers is converging," said Gartner Vice President David Willis.
Following reports and studies about IT departments' struggles to manage BYOD security, Gartner suggests a mix of policy, software and educational measures. The report also warns companies of the legal issues when monitoring sensitive information on personal devices.
Business 2 Community's Jay Garmon suggested the use of Software as a Service (SaaS) as a solution to some BYOD problems. SaaS programs like Google Apps and Basecamp can be used to improve office productivity and allow access to the cloud through a web browser. The apps ensure that company information stays in a cloud environment.
As personal devices enhance business productivity and consumer interaction, business owners should consider the role of BYOD within their companies.