There's a sentiment that often comes up when discussing BYOD, the changing workplace, and the consumerization trend as a whole. It's the idea that consumer-oriented cloud services and mobile apps are delivering a much better user experience than an IT staff, business software, and enterprise developers can provide. That's led companies like Enterproid and Apperian to focus on the end-user experience as well as the IT and management experience of their mobile management products. Both companies see the end user experience as a powerful competitive advantage.
The revolution in training and professional development
The need to keep skill sets and knowledge up to date is crucial in many industries and professions -- IT, medicine, legal, education, accounting and finance, lobbying or policy advocacy, and a range of government-related professions to name a few.
Professional development has always come in a range of different forms, from classes to reference books to interactive learning software. Gaining access to these resources has traditionally been a mixed bag. Some companies provide training opportunities internally or pay for employees to take pre-selected classes. Others leave the entire process and cost to the worker.
But just like with a lot of technology tools, the power is shifting to the user.
New learning and training systems are empowering workers to take control of their professional development in ways that were impossible a decade ago. They're also making it a lot cheaper, or even free -- a radical change from the status quo just a couple of years ago.
Here's where the revolution is taking place;
- Conferences -- For many fields, conferences offer excellent professional development opportunities as well as networking opportunities. Although industry and vendor conferences aren't new, major factors are opening up the conference experience. As consumer technologies have become common in the workplace, many new vendors are developing their own user conferences or one-day events that offer a deep dive into specific technologies and resources. Often these events are easier to attend than larger conferences associated with massive trade shows and offer a more intimate and focused learning experience. Another trend is that many conferences are now adopting social media as an integral part of the conference experience. This offers two major new advantages. First, allows attendees to maximize the learning and networking potential of a conference. Second, social media content from attendees and speakers can provide a way to gain information and insight for those not able to attend.
Conference videos and related content -- Many conferences now record all or part of their sessions and make them available online to professionals unable to attend the event. In many cases these resources are made freely and publicly available, which dramatically expands the potential for individuals to gain knowledge from a conference's content.
Bring your own device is so 2012. The next big push in the consumerization of IT is bring your own cloud. And just as when consumer devices poured into the enterprise, many IT organizations have already responded with a list of do's and don'ts.
Skyhigh monitors what cloud services employees are using and said that most businesses are surprised at what it finds.
A study by Cisco Systems' Internet Business Solutions Group concludes that the value companies currently derive from BYOD is "dwarfed by the gains that would be possible if they were to implement BYOD more strategically."