The widespread consumer adoption of smartphones and tablet devices means that there are growing demands from employees to be able to use their own devices for corporate activities. At the most basic level, this might just mean access to corporate email but it can and should extend upwards into corporate data access and line-of-business applications.
Security concerns were the most frequent reason for not giving early adopters of smartphones and tablets access to corporate applications and data, closely followed by the perceived additional burden it would place on IT departments. However, the near ubiquity of these devices can’t be ignored when you consider the huge productivity gains that are achievable once employees have the ability and tools to work where, when and how they like.
There are naturally many nuances around different delivery models, device ownership, security and liability but these are all solvable, paving the way for the next stage of the borderless enterprise.