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3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing

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Of course, with even less control of users' devices CIOs see challenges rising in the areas of tech support, licensing and control of sensitive information.

Among other solutions, a containerization or "digital envelope" product enables firms to control the work space on employee's and contractor's devices where data and documents are used. IT can deliver fully configured and licensed desktops, with the ability to make changes, secure and updates the master image down to each user.

Notably, many financial institutions, Moka5's biggest customer base, have found cost savings in licenses and upgrades. Particularly around Microsoft's licensing policy, known to be very odious in the way they handle multiple individual users and multiple devices.

"What happens is companies find they are manacled in terms of inventory, who has a license and who does not. It can be extremely expensive and it's typically wasted money," says Appelbaum. "An employee leaves the company and takes the license with them, or the machine comes back and gets refurbished and rather than reclaiming the license it's put on side until somebody else needs the machine, in which case it's then updated for a fee."

Under a BYO model with a container more licenses have been accounted for in the distributed images, including the versions and levels of activity of each employee. "It's providing more granular control to the enterprise in how they handle licensing," Appelbaum explains.

 

Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio

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Nathan Golia
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Nathan Golia,
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2/21/2014 | 3:47:55 AM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
Yet wouldn't it be awesome if UBM just gave us a budget and said buy whatever you want for work? You would probably spend a quarter of what I do, though, haha.
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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2/19/2014 | 3:21:10 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I used to have a BlackBerry, they are great, and I truly mean that.
Becca L
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Becca L,
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2/19/2014 | 2:38:02 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I agree. Having only ever head apple smartphones If someone handed me a Blackberry or Samsung right now it would take me days, possibly weeks, to really adjust.
Jonathan_Camhi
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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2/18/2014 | 7:44:39 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I think there are a lot of employees out there who are so used to their personal devices that it would affect their productivity anyway if you made them use a different one.
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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2/18/2014 | 3:04:14 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
Tech support seems to me to be the biggest barrier. IT departments probably don't want to be managing a multitude of employee devices, I'm sure it would make their life easier if all were using the same company-issued device. But, as you note, the employee has the expectation he or she will be able to use the device of their choice.
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