CYOD is the new BYOD
AJAY KAUL Director & General Manager, Global Commercial Channels Dell India
“What’s the next big IT trend?” I often get asked this question during my meetings with business leaders and CIOs. Customers want to know how they can leverage trends as well as how they can address the accompanying challenges. Certain trends— including the explosion of data, cloud computing, and the multitude of personal devices on the corporate network—are fast changing the way organizations manage their businesses. The challenges and opportunities are now more apparent than ever before, and look set to drive IT and business decisions in the coming year.
Here are a few trends that will become even more relevant in 2014.
One cloud does not fit all
In the past, most organizations jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon, adopting cloud services with no consideration of their company size or nature. However, cloud computing has reached an inflection point, and as Forrester predicts in its Cloud Computing Playbook, enterprises today recognize that they need a comprehensive strategy before partaking of the cloud.
In 2014 organizations will increasingly realize that one cloud does not fit all. There will be more interest in the options available, including the type of cloud—public, private or hybrid.
CYOD is the new BYOD
CIOs continue to fret over the loss of control over devices, and worry about allowing corporate networks to become vulnerable to employees’ viruses, apps, open ports and cloud services.
An alternative mobility business model that Dell sees businesses exploring is Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). CYOD bridges the gap between employee choice and the CIO’s need to manage and secure the organization. It enables organizations to offer their employees a choice of a company-approved device with the appropriate security and standardization. With CYOD, CIOs can easily manage the deployment of multiple device options with the right security configurations.
Big data analytics gets simpler
Big data analytics are used by organizations to better run their operations, understand their businesses, customers, constituents and the environments in which they operate. Influenced by others who have successfully used big data, organizations are keen to find how they can leverage insights from big data analytics to benefit their business.
However, converting data to decisions is made
CYOD is an alternative mobility model which enables organizations to offer company-approved device with appropriate security and standardization
difficult when you consider the increase in data volumes, velocities, varieties and volatility. There is also the added consideration of the growth of event- and machinegenerated data. Unfortunately, not all organizations are ready to make the capital-intensive investments in the hardware, nor do they have the in-house skillsets to build and maintain a complex big data analytics infrastructure.
IT solutions see greater adoption
The year 2014 will see even more organizations becoming IT-enabled with the help of the channel. They may be equipped with just basic IT equipment such as laptops and desktops, but they will move up to adopting more complex solutions such as servers. We will see more partners move up the ladder from being IT solution providers to being IT consultants. It will be imperative for them to evangelize end customers about the benefits of IT solutions beyond desktops and notebooks so that more companies are IT-enabled due to a mature channel ecosystem.
Security is at the core of strategy
The major challenges impacting IT today make it crucial for organizations to move away from managing security in silos. Organizations will increasingly embrace a holistic strategy focused on connecting security to the infrastructure, information and applications that are critical to the organization.
In this age of increasing risk, organizations can no longer have security as just a component of their IT strategy. Instead, they have to learn that security is very much a business strategy in 2014.
AJAY KAUL DIRECTOR & GENERAL MANAGER, GLOBAL COMMERCIAL CHANNELS, DELL INDIA