When the idea first appeared, the notion of “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” seemed like a win-win situation for all concerned. Users were able to select the mobile device they wanted to use to connect to their work network and companies would save money by not having to provide these devices and data plans for users to access the web.
Today, the perception of BYOD is more tarnished with the surplus of Android devices running different builds of the operating system and issues such as the bug in Apple’s iOS mail app in late 2012 and early 2013. For administrators struggling to cope with the management of these different mobile devices, operating systems and applications, the more appropriate acronym would be “Bring Your Own Disaster.”
Learn from Exchange MVP Tony Redmond about BYOD and how some of its problems have brought about an increased focus on the need to understand what mobile devices are connecting to within an infrastructure, including:
- Making sure that supported builds of the operating system and applications are used
- Provide end-to-end support for devices
- How to manage the load on the infrastructure generated by connections from mobile devices
- How to accomplish these goals in a cheap and timely manner