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BYOD Basics: Resources Made Available to IT Professionals (via Microsoft TechNet)

via Microsoft TechNet

Not long ago, IT planned the course as to what type of devices employees at respected businesses would utilize in the workplace.  This was ideal for IT at the time as a great deal of planning was put forth to manage IT deployed units thus arming IT with uniform tools address issues should they arise.  The one major caveat with this scenario though, was that IT would dictate what the employees at an organization required instead of adhering to the needs of their colleagues.  This disconnect would be the catalyst of employee friction between IT and other departments (Sales, Finance, HR, etc). 

BYOD in essence began when executives started bringing new, non-IT approved, consumer devices, into office and demanded that IT connect said device as in their minds their new shiny toy would be the pinnacle on innovation and productivity within their organization.  Many IT shops knew this ask was no more than a "bragging rights" endeavor to allow the executive in question to show off to their colleagues and peers.  Unfortunately during these times, IT professionals did not have the capability to challenge the executive and would have to relegate to creating a piece meal solution to abide by the executives ask.  The beginning stages of BYOD were one of the biggest challenges IT faced as at that time as saying "no" could cost someone their job and saying "yes" could also cause someone in IT their job should the device go lost, stolen or worse.

Although times have changed and BYOD is now slowly becoming the norm, proper planning by any IT department is still key to the success of successfully deploying said solution.  We at Microsoft Canada have created a new resource on CANITPRO.NETto help provide further information when looking to enable People Centric IT (PCIT), Microsoft’s answer to BYOD.  The BYOD Basics seriesprovides information on utilizing Microsoft’s vast ecosystem to properly enable an organization’s workforce without sacrificing company policies or protocols around information access and security.

Resources addressing BYOD include:

·         System Center Configuration Manager 2012

·         Windows Server 2012 R2

·         Windows Intune

·         Exchange ActiveSync

·         Device enablement (Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, BlackBerry)

As always, suggestions are welcome for future discussion topics around PCIT or BYOD to address the needs of the Canadian IT community.

Anthony Bartolo | Technical Evangelist (IT PRO)
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