- The concept of ‘consumerization of IT’ is sure to evolve naturally in your organization, as employees want to use applications of their own choosing.
- Some policy control is essential, and a sanctioned company app store is a good idea.
- Companies such as Intel give employees an official app store, but users can also freely consume ‘unofficial’ apps from outside this domain.
First, the Chief Information Officer had to deal with the complexities that BYOD brought up; now, there is an increasing momentum to BYOA – in other words ’bring your own application.’ Extending beyond this is the concept of an open storefront for appliances, computing power, storage, OS, databases and so on – in other words, all IT. Service providers are on board, as evidenced by the launches of several online store initiatives: Interoute launched CloudStore, offering applications, appliances, professional services and more; Belgacom offers Becloud; KPN offers a cloud store; and Orange’s VPN Galerie offers access to many apps developed both by Orange and by independent ISVs. It is fair to say that the concept is already mature for the SME market place, with Belgacom’s Becloud offerings tailored for the mass SME segment but with more sophistication for larger companies. Similarly, KPN’s Open Cloud Store gives its reseller partners (ISPs, SIs and other telcos) the opportunity to sell, provision and support cloud services to the diverse Dutch SME market.
Larger enterprise and MNC segments are slower to adopt – due mostly to strict policies and legitimate concerns about security. Mobile device management (MDM) providers, and operators offering managed mobility including MDM and mobile security, offer products aimed at large enterprises and MNCs with claims that these services support managed and secure mission-critical and proprietary apps. Some applications and appliances can be pre-approved and secured for deployment over a company VPN, which is the underlying theme for Orange VPN Galerie and other such secure VPN-based applications. Meanwhile KPN’s stated strategy for 2013 focuses on any-device management, unified communications and cloud-based services aggregation. So, here’s the advice for this network blog: you can keep it simple for starters with permissible IT apps whose clients are downloadable from an internal company storefront, and enlist the support from your telecom service providers and mobile suppliers, which already have MDM geared up for such tasks, to offer up flexible IT to your workers.