By Jen Sweeney
It’s a rough time to be an IT leader in today’s BYOD work world. Not only do CIOs need to handle the day-to-day challenges (more sophisticated security threats, the steady stream of new devices), they also need to consider and prepare for the bigger shifts that are coming to enterprise IT. It’s surprising no one has thought up a BYOD fatigue buzzword.
If your organization is still fighting the BYOD trend, start preparing your concession speech now.
Although it’s impossible to predict the daily challenges, CIOs should take note of a few big picture recommendations from recent articles:
1. Prevent mutiny.
In “BYOD Breeds Distrust Between Workers and IT,” CIO.com reports on a recent study that found that a majority of American workers do not trust employers with their personal data. Study researchers found that this distrust is leading many employees to keep personal devices away from the IT department, which can jeopardize company data. Researchers also reported that 11 percent of American workers said they would not report a lost or stolen device to IT, even if it leaked company data, and 36 percent would not report it immediately.
That unwillingness to cooperate, the study authors assert, “is driven by negative perceptions of corporate IT departments, particularly what the IT team might do with the employee’s personal device and data.”Takeaway: Institute a policy and communicate it effectively.
2. Learn soft skills.
According to a recent article by GigaOM’s Barb Darrow, the days when a CIO could get by on technical knowhow alone are gone. In order to stay relevant in today’s workplace, Darrow explains, CIOs need to build their people skills. In particular, CIOs, CMOs and other C-level executives should: make sure their bosses understand how technology can benefit the organization; and understand that many of their users know what technology they want to use, and to accommodate them when possible.Takeaway: A successful CIO knows how to work well with others.
3. Read everything you can about the Microsoft reorganization.
If your organization is still fighting the BYOD trend, start preparing your concession speech now. When Microsoft announced its reorganization recently, CEO Steve Ballmer emphasized the company’s strategy of becoming a “devices and services” company. This means more devices and more cloud.
Much has been written about the reorg, and one article in particular from CITEworld’s Nancy Gohring offers some clear takeaways from the announcement: Microsoft is officially embracing consumerization, and the company has big hardware aspirations. Gohring writes that reorgs in large companies like Microsoft don’t always yield much, but the announcement made Microsoft’s focus quite clear.Takeaway: Read the Microsoft memo, and see how the company’s focus fits into your organization’s IT strategy.