Bringing Consumer Applications Into the Enterprise

A lot has been written on BYOD and its impact on IT. The attached article explains how Microsoft has even greater plans for creating havoc with IT groups. By hooking consumers on free applications like Skype, they hope these consumers will want to use the same applications in the enterprise world, where Microsoft can more effectively charge fees for their services. It’s the proverbial camel nose under the tent… Some questions IT departments should be asking – Do consumer applications effectively translate into an enterprise application? How do you balance the wide variety of applications used by various employees? Do you simply look for the best fit and expect employees to learn the application? Having a partner you can trust when it comes to technology can be key, especially regarding the downstream impacts these events have on your network and security. Regardless, one thing is for sure, BYOD is not just about hardware anymore…

http://www.zdnet.com/why-microsoft-is-betting-big-on-consumer-cloud-services-hint-its-about-the-enterprise-7000030339/?s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61