This blog post is sponsored by T-Systems and the Zero Distance community.
Cloud and the consumerisation of IT have changed the face of end user computing, and the desktop in particular irrevocably.
The discourse between business and technology
In case you haven’t heard Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April of 2014. What this means is that Microsoft will no longer patch security vulnerabilities discovered in XP or Office 2003, and therefore there will be security holes discovered that can be exploited by hackers which will never be fixed. My personal opinion is that in practical terms within a few months users of XP will be wide open to exploits by hackers. Potentially, they will be able to steal your data or take control of your PC and there will be nothing you will be able to do about it! For most organisations this represents an unacceptable level of risk. If you haven’t already started your move off Windows XP, you should – immediately!
This is the fifteenth post in my series on BYOD. I have mostly avoided talking about technology, as in many ways that is the least important, and the most straightforward aspect of dealing with BYOD. Most people automatically think of Mobile Device Management (MDM) when they think of mobile or BYOD technology, but that is far from the only viable solution. Here I’ll outline the key technology solutions that are available to help you deliver usable and effective BYOD to your organisation.
Historically there have been two contrasting approaches to end user devices. The generalised single device for all different functions, and the different specialised devices for specific purposes. We appear to be at a bit of a crossroads at the moment with the market poised to go either way in terms of the dominant strategy.