24 Jan 2013

BYOD and Windows To Go

What is BYOD and what does it mean for IT?  How does Windows To Go fit into this fast emerging picture of the IT landscape? Forrester, Gartner and IDC may have different predictions concerning Windows 8, but one thing they can all agree on is that BYOD is on the rise, and will become a core part of IT strategy over the next 12 to 24 months. So what is BYOD and what does it mean for your business? Bring Your Own Device is the developing trend in IT where professional workers want to, and are encouraged to, bring their own computing device to work instead of using a company issued desktop or laptop.  Companies no longer have to own and support a large fleet of computers, and employees are free to use the device of their choice to perform their daily work. Where does Windows To Go fit in? Windows To Go is one of the many underrated and as yet largely unknown features of Windows 8 Enterprise.  Simply put, it allows the user to put their entire Windows operating system, including all files, folders, software and settings, on a single Windows To Go certified drive or USB stick.  This portable copy of Windows can then be run on any compatible device, independently of the existing operating system, including an employee owned device. This solves many of the inherent problems with BYOD.  IT managers no longer have to be concerned about insecure operating systems on their network and the malware risks that go along with that scenario.  Security concerns about the location and accessibility of data can be addressed, and in the event of an employee leaving the business after utilizing BYOD, they simply return their Windows To Go USB stick, take their device and move on. BYOD is something we all need to at least consider adopting, and Windows To Go could be the key piece of technology that gives IT Managers peace of mind when constructing their BYOD policy.