25 Oct 2013

BYOD challenges drive firms toward corporate app stores

More than 60% of Australian businesses support a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy, according to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, with 25% of these providing full IT support for hardware owned by employees.

Planning a BYOD strategy is posing new challenges for many IT departments. One idea is to create corporate app stores. This way, companies can control what apps are downloaded by employees and maximise security. This approach is still in its infancy in Australia, but is tipped by Frost & Sullivan to increase in popularity over time.

Firms are also being urged to take a close look at how much money, if any, they spend to subsidise staff’s personal devices. Around half of BYOD programs include some money being given back to employees for the cost of the device, according to analyst firm Gartner. That practice is being questioned.

– See more at: The Buzz Magazine.