BYOD should be a design principle that provides businesses with a vendor neutral applications portfolio and a flexible future-proof architecture.
That’s according to the latest Gartner report examining mobile applications and strategies.
Gartner anlaysts say BYOD is not just a purchasing policy and needs to be approached more broadly with the applications and strategies designed for today’s world.
While most enterprises are increasingly feeling the need to embrace mobility, many don’t know where to begin.
Garner analysts say the key decision about BYOD is one of applications architecture and solutions design.
“Designing your applications to meet the demands of BYOD is not the same as setting usage policies or having strategic sourcing plans that mandate a particular platform,” Gartner analyst, Darryl Carlton, said.
“If the applications exhibit technical constraints, then the purchasing policy is irrelevant."
Carlton said the community of users had expanded to include suppliers, customers, employees and a very broad range of stakeholders.
“We are no longer developing applications for deployment to an exclusive user base over which we exert standards and control."
This development is leading to the need for IT to look into the techniques and practices of what Gartner calls "global class" computing - an approach to designing systems and architectures that extends computing processes outside the enterprise and into the cultures of the consumer, mobile worker and business partners.
The global-class approach exploits the characteristics of Internet-enabled computing, and employs applications and services that are more flexible and inclusive, simpler and less-expensive than those designed for enterprise.
The only way to address the impact of global class is to mandate it as a principle in the applications strategy.
Carlton warned CIOs who considered BYOD activities as a temporary problem generated by a few disaffected employee as a tragic mistake.
"This is a leading indicator of change for which an appropriate response is required,” he said.
“Reasserting control is not an appropriate response. This is a permanent and irreversible shift in the way that IT is procured and implemented to support the organisation, suppliers and customers."
Gartner recommends enterprises develop their strategy based on an assumption that BYOD will happen, and that they will need to support users outside of the organisation's boundaries.