IT departments have a bit of a problem on their hands; as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend continues to grow and expand, it’s also getting much more complex to manage. The difficulties arising from BYOD are challenging enough as employees started bringing in their own smartphones and tablet for work use. But as smart devices become more prevalent and popular, their variety can create problems for IT workers, and security threats are increasing as well. As tough as these challenges are, businesses aren’t alone in trying to manage BYOD more effectively. Tech companies are always working on developing solutions to BYOD management. One of the latest breakthroughs comes from Dell, which has upgraded one of its enterprise management appliances in response to recent BYOD challenges. As can be seen, this is just the most recent in a wide ranging effort to keep BYOD simple and efficient.
The Dell system in question is the Kace K1000 v6.3 appliance. While it existed before, the system has recently been upgraded in order to better handle the increasing number of devices employees are starting to bring in to work. At the moment, people are using smartphones and tablets at a growing rate, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Wearable technology is on its way, most recently seen in the recent release of smart watches. Considering the impending release of the new Apple Watch, businesses are bracing for a new type of device to keep their eyes on as workers bring wearables into the BYOD workplace.
The Kace K1000 v6.3 helps companies in a very basic way. It can be used by IT departments to monitor any device that is connected to the business network. Connected devices that can be monitored range anywhere from smartphones to printers to projectors. In this way, businesses can keep track of all the machines that have access to the network and company data, making it easier to track how devices are being used. This more expansive scope also gets rid of debates over what is BYOD and simply closely watches all devices, whether officially recognized by the company or not. It’s a feature that many companies want. According to Dell research, more than half of businesses use three or more system management tools, but about two-thirds say they’d prefer to use fewer than that.
This new upgrade from Dell, as well as others that have come down in recent years, isn’t just a response to the growing complexities of BYOD. The real trend that is spurring so many companies to take mobile management more seriously is the Internet of Things (IoT). Though still in its early stages, the IoT will likely grow in the coming years, allowing even everyday objects and items to connect to the internet. That includes smart clothing, appliances, earpieces, cars, and pretty much anything that can be imagined by developers. If there’s something to be gained by connecting an item to the web, it will be connected. For obvious reasons, that makes managing BYOD much more complicated, which is why companies are so eager to upgrade their current management appliances.
Complicating matters even further is the fact that individual devices themselves often go through updates in relation to their operating systems, apps, and other functions. Many IT departments can be caught unprepared if some employees, for example, have iPhones functioning on an old operating system, while the rest have iPhones operating on the latest OS. Once again, upgraded BYOD management systems can help in this aspect, creating a comprehensive and easier to use interface for keeping track of all devices, regardless of the operating systems in use.
Efforts to simplify BYOD are also extending to each company’s network. With new demands placed upon them through BYOD and trying to figure out what is cloud computing, networks are getting a closer look, especially relating to security concerns. The larger burdens placed upon networks mean companies need to upgrade them to handle new applications and the larger number of connected devices. From these efforts, it’s clear that businesses are serious about easier management of BYOD. With Dell’s recent upgrade leading part of the charge, companies will have the tools and systems they need to make BYOD work for them. From that, they’ll be able to see the benefits of BYOD while avoiding some of the challenges that are common when adopting BYOD policies.