BYOD 'not a free ticket'

Help AG warns supporting BYOD means answering a number of challenges

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BYOD 'not a free ticket' Solling: A general misunderstanding is that BYOD is a free ticket - in fact it is a complex problem
By  Tom Paye Published  May 27, 2014

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is a complex problem that requires significant investigation and investment, according to Nicolai Solling, director of technology services at Help AG.

Speaking to, Solling warned that BYOD cannot be treated as "a free ticket" that simply absolves organisations of having to invest in devices. Pursuing BYOD safely and effectively, he explained, required a lot more effort.

"Supporting BYOD means answering the challenges raised by multiple operating systems running on employee owned devices that can no longer be tightly controlled by the organisation," he said.

"A general misunderstanding is that BYOD is a free ticket - in fact it is a complex problem, which requires decent investigation and risk assessment by the organisations."

Acknowledging that BYOD had gone the way of too many buzzwords in this region, Solling pointed out a number of reasons why the trend had failed to gain much traction. He said that one reason in particular was that, given the amount of investment BYOD would require, many organisations simply could not see the benefits.

"While for senior executives, the benefits of constant connectivity and easy access are easily justified, providing access to the corporate network for all employees is still perceived as an overhead that outweighs its benefits," he said. 

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