My friend Steve shared this link, an article from the Wall Street Journal about using your smartphone at work. It's more information along the general trend of "bring your own device" or "BYoD", where staff increasingly prefer to bring their own technology to use at work. Whether that's installing Linux on their work desktop, or using a netbook from home in work meetings, the IT industry is seeing this trend on the rise.
The article mentions that the Blackberry just doesn't "cut it" anymore. While corporate IT likes the Blackberry, the workers generally favor iPhone or Android. From the article:
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls, too. Few smartphones offer the security features that the BlackBerry is known for. IT departments also struggle with supporting business programs on newer mobile operating systems such as Google Inc.'s Android. What's more, allowing personal phones raises a tough question: How much control does a company have over the device? What happens, for instance, when somebody leaves the company--and their phone is loaded with sensitive business documents?
The article mentions some typical strategies that companies are using to secure these personal devices, when used at work:
- Locking the phone
- Deleting data remotely
- Walling off data
- Limit access
But a sticking point for many is the data plan. If this is your personal smartphone, but you're using it for business, who pays for the mobile data plan? The situations vary, and depend on the type of employee and the type of company involved.