The day the first person took a smartphone to work, BYOD (bring your own device) was born. Soon after that, IT rolled out the first Mobile Device Management (MDM) application.
From an innocent beginning, a complex IT infrastructure has emerged around mobile devices, operating systems and apps, along with the network and the server applications they must communicate with on the back end. Enabling users to access data and applications securely has become something of a high-wire act.
Meanwhile, the cloud revolution has further changed the way people use their mobile devices and the way IT manages them. Today, BYOD devices – typically iOS, Android and Windows Phone – are accessing a host of cloud-based productivity applications like Office 365.