BYOD is 'tip of the iceberg for change'

20 Jun 2014

Enterprises must respond to a wave of mobility, connectivity and millennials entering the workplace. BYOD is just the tip of the iceberg, with wearable tech and M2M soon to cause even greater waves of disruption, said Matias Heilala, head of strategy and business development for Asia and Africa at Vodafone Global Enterprise.

It is really a question of how to embrace device freedom rather than a question of BYOD or CYOD.

Delivering the opening keynote at CommunicAsia Summit session on Consumerization of the Enterprise, Heilala said that digitization, mobilization and globalization are the mega-trends of which BYOD is just one symptom.

“Of 21- to 32-year-olds in Asia, more than half said they would contravene corporate policies and use their own devices. Obviously you cannot fire half your workforce overnight,” he said.

He also noted that 45% of millennials would rather take a lower paying job if they could keep using their own devices.

Heilala quoted Huawei and Intel figures that showed their BOYD policies had resulted in between 40 and 60 minutes of extra productivity a day, but stressed a need for work-life balance.

Later in the panel discussion, SAP AP-J CIO Manik Narayan Saha said his company has 65,000 employees, but it feels like he has 65,000 CIOs telling him how IT should be run because of BYOD.

SAP allows BYOD and has a limited subset of applications that it supports on employee devices through an internal app store.


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