In the next two years, the number of mobile devices connecting to corporate networks are expected to more than double. In that context, consider that 86% of "BYODers" say they keep work information and data on their smart devices. And five per cent reveal that they've lost their mobile devices bearing work data or had them stolen.
These are the conclusions of a CDW survey of 1,200 workers and 1,200 IT professionals across eight industries (kudos to CDW for saying who and how many they surveyed up high in its presentation....one has to search for this vital information in many vendor surveys).
Think about how much work data is simply lost. Think about how much could (or will) be compromised. Just when end users get unprecedented freedoms and leverage with technology, it might be time for IT to bring down the hammer. The stakes are simply too high for letting corporate data fall into the wrong hands. The consequences of an unwise and unmonitored mobile strategy could cause chaos.
Unfortunately, there is "a lack of a dialog" between IT and end users about an effective way to implement BYOD, the study says.
The explosive growth in mobile comes at a time when CMOs are arguing they should wield more influence over mobile strategy. Is this really a good idea? Clearly, the CMO and CIO should work together, but then, who is ultimately responsible when something goes wrong?
There is a huge opportunity for the CIO who can define a SAFE mobile strategy that generates business value. In all candor, I think the liklihood of a CIO pulling this off is greater than CMO safely doing insanely great things in the mobile space. The CMO simply does not have enough scars from IT disasters to understand that guidelines needs to be applied in allowing "BYODers" to do their thing.
Is mobile an either-or proposition when it comes to who lords over it? If so, who should be in charge? The CIO or CMO?
What do you think?