Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 2/4/2013 | 22 comments

David Wagner
Has it happened to you yet? Has someone brought in a Windows 8 phone or laptop and asked to use it in the enterprise as part of your BYOD policy?

We're curious, so we're asking in our latest poll.

It isn't only about curiosity, of course. There's a serious reason for this. With the fading of BlackBerry, it looked briefly like those supporting BYOD policies would need to worry about only two operating systems. That would have made a certain amount of rational behavior possible.

Whatever their strengths and weaknesses, Android and iOS are known quantities. You've likely created some specific enterprise apps for one or both. You've probably got a list of blacklisted apps. You know some of the workarounds and the problems they cause.

Now -- admit it -- as familiar as Windows is, you are probably dreading at some level the moment the first Windows 8 phone or tablet walks into your enterprise. Of course, it's more than a month after Christmas, and January is probably the biggest month of the year for new devices in your mobile device management registry. So you may have seen them already.

In late November, Microsoft said it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. By early January, that number had reached 60 million. As of Dec. 10, 4 million Windows 8 phones had been sold in the fourth quarter. And it's likely even more found their way under the tree by Christmas. Of course, a lot of those licenses and phones were sold directly to enterprises. But there's no doubt laptops, tablets, or phones are starting to trickle in from employees through BYOD.

The first question we have is whether you're seeing them. After you tell us that in the poll, go to the comment section and tell us what you plan to do about it. Are you thinking about Windows 8 mobile apps for your enterprise? Are you thinking of recommending (or banning) Windows 8 devices in your enterprise? Are you concerned about dealing with three operating systems -- or more? (BlackBerry just released a new version of its operating system, and there are even rumors of a Linux phone.)

Take the poll. Comment below. We'd love to hear what you have to say.

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Susan Nunziata   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/12/2013 11:39:49 PM
Re: May we live in interesting times
@Pubudu: Yes, it seems so for Windows devices they are starting to get some consumer interest. So far I have met one person in a social setting who was using a Windows 8 phone and quite pleased with it. How BlackBerry will factor in remains to be seen, as well as further adoption details for Windows phone, plus the potential for new Android and Apple devices to hit the market later this year. I suspect we will see many shifts in the mobile market share stats by end of this year.
soozyg   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/12/2013 12:09:29 PM

I'm not surprised at that number at all. I have seen a few new BB here and there, a testament to the fact that BB is trying to keep up in the market....but they're struggling and I don't think they're gonna be successful.
Pubudu   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/9/2013 2:02:08 AM
Re: May we live in interesting times
True Susan, we are still at the beginning of the year

People are still buying other devices which they used. But people are talking about pros and cons of the products which has the windows

So another six months time result will change.
Susan Nunziata   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 5:20:16 PM
Re: May we live in interesting times
@Dave: Certainly seems so, and it's still early days. Will be interesting to do this poll again in six months time and see how the responses change.
mejiac   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 11:25:58 AM
@vnewman, yep, that sounds about right.

It's clear evidence that by BB not being onboard with current technology and trends, secondary markets started to hurt, so not surprised that you had to seek specialized help.

It would be interesting to see if these types of markets will bounce back, or see some movement when the new BBs are available.
SaneIT   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 8:25:00 AM
Re: The Black Sheep of the group
I think MS has set a threshold for what they believe is an acceptable learning/discomfort curve. Very few technologies grow or shift directions without at least a little pain.  MS is making massive changes to it's UI and trying to reshape the mobile market.  They know that there are going to be bumps in the road and that eventually those bumps will smooth out.
MDMConsult   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 8:10:43 AM
Re: The Black Sheep of the group
Agreed. Innovation is critical and adapting to meet users expectations. An organization that is embracing BYOD should have innovative capabilities in place. Culture that cultivates ideas, investing time, the right resources and funds to support the BYOD process. The right program implemented has to be taken in consideration of the users. If there are telecommute users working remotely, BYOD should be able to offer cost reduction for the organization and ease complexities.

Vijitha   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 5:14:54 AM
Something else

Also Microsoft will have to be face to strong and fast change of OS industry. the app is the easiest method. 
Vijitha   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 5:14:46 AM
Something else

Also Microsoft will have to be face to strong and fast change of OS industry. the app is the easiest method. 
vnewman   Poll Intro: The Changing Face of BYOD   2/7/2013 2:41:37 AM
Re RIM - I just took my BB to get fixed - it wouldn't power up.  Two different places told me it was toast along with all my information that I didn't back up lately.  (my bad)

Then ATT sent me to a place called Cellular fantasy who actually have blackberry specialists on board.  Within a day he had my device up and running and I told him how the other places told me it was a goner.  He said most of the cell phone repair places these days are iphone and andriod dominant so the techs don't really know how to troubleshoot or fix a BB.  

He also told me they used to see about 200 blackberries a day and now?  less than 20
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