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Much like the Internet in the 1990s, the greatest impact to enterprise IT is coming from the personal adoption of mobility that is assimilating into the workplace. The onslaught of BYOD in combination with cloud services is shaping corporate change. In its narrowest definition, BYOC is where employees save their personal and work-related data and files in the cloud. It is said that the ancient Vikings were successful because they were the first to see water as a highway and not merely as a defensive barrier. With a comparable mindset, IT must invert the way we view BYOD and BYOC.
At West, IT is examining the best ways to enable the use of these devices as we support and enable the goals of our global supply chain initiative: increased asset utilization; improved customer service; reduction of risk; and a tax-efficient supply chain. Next month, I will present some of the downstream implications that we are considering to protect information assets as we seek the best ways to enable personal mobility and cloud service while ensuring the security and privacy of data and intellectual property.