The University of Connecticut's Business School in Storrs has been a solid believer in "bring your own device" since the year 2000. However, a few wrong turns, including focusing on supporting devices versus the application environment, made the IT team rethink its approach.
"We were out in front of the BYOD movement so there weren't as many resources available as there are today to become a BYOD guru," says Jeremy Pollack, director of IT at the Business School. "In some ways, I wish we were just starting out now so we could have benefited from all the information out there."
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Gartner recently announced that BYOD is a top enterprise mobile security concern among global companies, many of which already provide technical support for personal devices, including employee-owned smartphones (supported by 32 percent of the enterprises surveyed), tablets (37 percent) and laptops (44 percent). "Gartner believes that BYOD is an inevitable requirement and recommends that a mobility strategy team should be established as part of the IT department for data management and control," the research firm stated.
Before you start to gather up the troops, consider your training options. We've identified five key resource options that can help you master the technical, legal and security ramifications of BYOD and maintain a pipeline of information once you've rolled out your own program.