New trends put business leaders in a bit of a “catch-22”. If you jump into a passing fad, you’ll appear short-sighted. If you ignore the next big thing, you’ll look foolish.
So, here’s a question for all of you business leaders: Is the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend the next big thing, or is it just another over-hyped fad? Should your business pay attention to it, or ignore it?
I say this for one simple reason: BYOD is a different type of trend. It’s not a top-down trend. It’s not driven by the CEO, it’s not driven by vendors, and it doesn’t require any executive buy-in.
Instead, it’s driven by employees who demand a better way to work.
As a business, you don’t get to decide whether or not to participate in BYOD. It’s happening. You can only decide whether or not to embrace it or fight it.
I think this trend represents a significant shift in business technology, and I plan on exploring other areas of BYOD in the coming weeks, including: The business case for BYOD, risks of ignoring it, how to take advantage of BYOD, and more. Stay tuned…