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BYOD: Bring your own device is a growing business trend

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Since well before Information Technology PolicyPro was first published and for good reasons considering the technologies available at the time, it made sense to restrict devices connected to the corporate network to those owned and controlled by the enterprise and configured by IT. This is no longer the case.

 

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BYOD trend poses immense challenges for organizations

No, employees aren’t bringing their own alcoholic drinks to work, but they are bringing in their own mobile devices and expecting to use them with their employers’ networks. What does that mean? Well, chances are several (if not many) of a given organization’s employees have personal smartphones or tablet computers, and they probably want to use them to perform work tasks.

 

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The mobile workforce – it’s not coming; it’s here

Mobility is not just about technology anymore. However, chances are high that IT, specifically the CIO, will be responsible for any mobile initiatives within the company. So, CIOs need to take a broad view of mobility and understand the effect this technology will have on departments such as HR, sales, marketing, legal, security and facilities, as well as IT.

 

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What is NFC and when is it coming to Canada?

The answer to the first question is easy: NFC is short for Near Field Communication, a simple, very short-range wireless communication technology (similar to RFID), which can be used for a “contactless” payment between an NFC-enabled device and an NFC reader at a retail checkout or a public transit turnstile, for example. NFC is a very hot technology right now, and is becoming widely used for low-value payments, such as transit fares, in some parts of the world like Japan and Korea.

 

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