When Mobility Meets the Mainframe – Many Firms Are Still at the Starting Gate with BYOD, Mobile Productivity

How important is it to use your own mobile device at work? Benjamin Kus, currently chief architect of IBM Tivoli, has heard tales and seen firsthand, prospective employees hesitate over a job offer when they learn they might have to use a company-issued BlackBerry instead of their, say, beloved iPhone.

In the most recent three-part blogs series post on SHARE President’s Corner, we examine how and where mobility and the mainframe meet, how they complement one another, and occasionally, where they clash. The first post of this three part series looks at enterprise’s adoption of mobile technology for employees, in particular employees sporting their own devices.

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a trend that employees feel very strongly about, but also introduces a number of security problems when employees expect to be able to access sensitive corporate data via a personal smartphone. This trend of employees using their own devices for corporate work, however, is just one of many moving parts in an enterprise’s mobile operations today—and not even the biggest part at that.

IDC predicts that worldwide IT spending will grow 6.9 percent year-over-year to $1.8 trillion in 2012 (IDC Predictions 2012: Competing for 2020). With as much as 20 percent of total spending will being driven by smartphones, media tablets, mobile networks and social networking and Big Data analytics, mobile devices alone will be a huge driver, surpassing PCs in both shipments and spending.

How do you prepare to support BYOD? Where do mobile and the mainframe intersect? Click here to read the full article.