Rival Implementation Paths - Yet BYOD Still Hits a Wall

By Shawn P. McCarthy – January 11, 2013
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At many government agencies, mobile computing advocates are strongly pushing "bring your own device" (BYOD) solutions.

This can work, but only if the BYOD approach offers just basic functionality, such as allowing guest access to an office Wi-Fi network.

But most agencies want more than that out of their mobile devices. As they work to leverage the expected functionality of smartphones and tablet computers, hard limits are quickly discovered. When this happens, IT managers may need to limit exactly what BYOD means to their workers. Eventually this may mean approving just a specific subset of devices rather than allowing employees to bring whatever device they want.

This is happening even though mobile solutions tend to fall into two main technology camps – each with their own advantages and disadvantages.


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Shawn P. McCarthy

Research DirectorIDC Government Insights

<p>Analyst and research director at IDC since 2004.</p>


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