I was reading about IBM’s acceptance and management of Bring Your Own Device policy for IT and reflected that IBM is likely not alone in this movement. Businesses of all sizes and locations may find some variation of BYOD useful. There are lots of issues but a big one is web applications.
There just cannot be any “M$-only” policy when many non-M$ machines are running on the network. Businesses could restrict what can be accessed by “foreign” devices, to e-mail, say, but that really isn’t very practical for people who roam the building or leave the building. Whether the device is a smart phone, tablet, notebook, netbook or desktop, businesses will want every employee to be able to use every application they want from every device they use. Anything less is inefficient.
Here we have a great lever to move M$ out of business. If any device can access the company’s applications, none of the devices need to be running M$’s software. It’s so much simpler for a business to manage the application servers and the network rather than tweaking the guts of every PC running that other OS.
Tablets, for instance, in 2012 should be huge in business and very few run that other OS. Tablets obviously cannot run some of M$’s “partners” applications so they will have to be replaced with web applications. This will force many ISVs to produce web versions of their flagship applications. There were about 75 million tablets sold in 2011, mostly iPads. There could be two or three times that many this year. Bye-bye, Wintel. Soon business, your most locked-in customer, won’t need you anymore.