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City slow to adopt BYOD policy

Many businesses are getting onboard with the bring your own device (BYOD) trends. Smartphones and tablets are becoming popular business tools and more companies are looking into ways to integrate them into daily workflow. These policies, however, rely on more than just a new iPad to be effective.

The city of Minneapolis is one such organization that has implemented a company wide BYOD strategy. CIO Magazine profiled the government employee policy and interviewed city CIO Otto Doll. While there was some fanfare for the solution, so far only 170 of the 3,600 workers have deployed iPads.

The executive credits the slow adoption to a number of factors. As with any new technology initiative, cost and security are major concerns.

The other issue revolves around the city’s WiFi network. For tablets to be a viable, everyday work tool, they require a strong wireless network. While Minneapolis does have citywide WiFi, most of the government buildings where the devices would be used, did not have an internet connection. City hall only rolled out a wireless network last week.

Even with this reluctance, Doll is convinced tablets will become an important tool for businesses in the coming years and companies that hold off on adding the new technology may regret it.

“Consumer-grade technology is going to play a role in the computing capabilities that we give to our workforce,” Doll said. “It’s going to get harder. There will be more and more folks vehemently tied to their specific selection of technology, like the die-hard Apple crowd.”

Companies that are interested in deploying a BYOD solution should partner with an experienced IT provider to run an infrastructure audit when ensuring an existing network can handle the increased workload.

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Companies that are interested in deploying a BYOD solution should partner with an experienced IT provider to run an infrastructure audit when ensuring an existing network can handle the increased workload.

By | 2012-08-10T11:14:38+00:00 August 10th, 2012|Network Services|0 Comments

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