29 Jul 2013

Bring Your Own Device (BOYD)

This post is linked to a previous post: Five reasons why mobile devices make perfect learning tools. The aim is to highlight and expand on the section ‘Personalisation’. This is to show the advances in the context of the Bring Your Own Device trend BOYD now well established and the impact on employee data privacy going forward.


Increasingly global accessibility to e-business mobile training content via mobile telephony and wireless technologies will significantly influence educational change in the next decade and beyond. Developments in Mobile Learning Computing will encourage and increase the ‘Blended Learning’ approach, face-to-face combined with e-learning or distance learning and training with fewer requirements for traditional face-to-face classroom training interaction. Virtual training courses will be more common and economically important as pressures increase on business enterprise to exploit these cost saving ubiquitous mobile technologies in e-business.


The global reach or ubiquitous nature and potential of modern mobile telephony technologies with the capability to deliver media rich learning content is unprecedented.


The explosion in the use of Smartphones and Tablets in the consumer market is impacting how IT enterprise deal with protecting and securing corporate data. This is due to a natural preference by employees to increasingly use their own personal Smartphone and Tablet computers for work and play. Most experts on this topic will agree in a broad brushed way with the following statistics:


• There are approximately 6,500 different models of mobile devices that are capable of accessing the web. By the end of 2012 there were approximately 6.5 billion mobile subscriptions globally out of a global population of 6.5 billion.


•  According to IDC, Strategy Analytics 695 smartphones and 115 million tablets were sold globally in 2012. These numbers are expected to increase by approximately 20 per cent and 35 per cent respectively by the year 2016.


• It is predicted that nearly 90% of new growth will come from emerging economies such as Africa and Asia where educators and policy makers are striving to close the digital divide in education and business.


One of the most recent significant predictions surrroundig the use of mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets is from Gartnerat least 60 per cent of information workers will interact with content application via a mobile device by 2015”. Gartner also predicts that by 2014, 90 per cent of organisations will support corporate applications on a variety of personal devices.


There is a great deal of convergence in the marketplace; modern mobile devices such as Smartphones and Tablets offer gigabytes of storage for audio and video. A single device can be a phone, camera, media player and office work tool etc. Both Apple and Android devices have many of the features of laptops or desktop computers and can now access the web at broadband speeds. All of these advances mean that increasingly end users will insist on using their own personal device for work. This trend BOYD is no longer emerging it is in reality well established… and here to stay.