As my colleague Gilles already stated in his Blog,“Bring Your Own Device” is rapidly becoming big nightmare for CIOs and IT departments all over the world. The phenomenon implies employees demanding to use their own iPads, MacBooks and Ultrabooks, Android phones and tablets, and so on, to access corporate applications and data.
Not all bad news. HR departments quickly realized the business benefits of ‘bring your own device’ policies with a productivity increase and becoming a more attractive employer. IT departments, at the same time observe less urgency on getting the broken PCs fixed as employees have alternative ways to work.
Source: Ovum 2011, EEMEA Europe Survey
In the past, the IT department was in charge of defining a (short) set of devices with its software versions allowed to be connected (and therefore supported) to the corporate network. With the BYOD IT departments can’t scale and should find new ways and tools to support it. Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools for policy enforcement, remote monitoring, locate, backup or SWIPE lost devices will be required, but at the same time the mobile devices will require secure connectivity capabilities across the multiple platforms.
The question here is: How many systems and software clients can realistically an enterprise adopt for this new phenomena?
Juniper Networks recently introduced Junos Pulse and the Mobile Security Suite extensions to ease the burden of BYOD and the consumerization of IT. Junos Pulse delivers simple, secure network access from any mobile and non-mobile device, while Junos Pulse Mobile Security Switch extension provides MDM and configuration for antimalware, loss and theft protection.
What is the opportunity for Service Providers?
Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite is deployed as a secure, hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. It enables Service Providers to offer desirable premium services to enterprise and consumer subscribers to increase their average revenue per user (ARPU), enhance subscriber retention, provide competitive differentiation, and raise user satisfaction.
Service Providers around the world such as ATT, Orange Business Services, TELUS or IBM, have recently announced Mobile Security Services as part of their portfolio. At the same time we see large enterprises like Essar Group adopting Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite to support the BYOD strategy.
To finish my blog I suggest you a small exercise to understand the importance of the BYOD trend. Search in Google for “BYOD” or “Bring Your Own Device”.
In case you want to learn more about this topic, watch Paul Gainham's video-presentation: