A CIO's view on BYOD: if it doesn't drive revenue, don't do it
It's not that easy, he says. "For many companies, if you are trying to attract the best minds in the world, when it comes to computers, people have their own choices. Those best minds want to use what they want to use. All these things are perks for employees and they help attract and retain talent. It helps them make choices about where they will work."
At Informatica, Young's answer was to maintain separate networks where employees who use company machines and devices have full access to the secure, fully-featured systems they are used to using, while workers who want to use their own devices use a second secure network, parts of which are cordoned off for security reasons. Employees can use their own devices on the "guest" network, but those devices are not supported by the company and they are only given certain levels of access.
Having and maintaining a second network isn't very expensive and actually costs far less than if the company had installed an MDM system, he says. The two networks are used equally by the company's employees.
"As a CIO, I don't think it is the right thing to do to buy things to manage these multiple pieces of technology," says Young. "I should be investing in bringing in more revenue for the company," rather than in BYOD mechanisms.
It's a "big balancing act," says Young. "CIOs need to be aware of this issue and that it is growing and that it might soon be showing up at their door. I'm at the right investment levels for my enterprise, and it's not so high in BYOD because I want to invest in high value things. You can't just give everybody everything they want."
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