Big data poses challenge for BYOD trend

Big data poses challenge for BYOD trend

The rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) revolution within many small or medium-sized businesses (SMB) is one that is widely perceived to suit users, but cause issues for those working in IT departments.

The increase in BYOD has also coincided with a growing use of big data applications, many of which are being used through mobile devices.

Users are then using these gadgets as data-collection tools, compounding any pre-existing concerns.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Ron Bodkin, chief executive officer at Think Big Analytics, said that the rise in both trends was not all that surprising.

He explained: "Mobility is the rekindling of innovation. Big Data is part of that trend. It complements the proliferation of capacity-driven solutions with a need for back-end infrastructure in more compelling ways."

Yet there is evidence to suggest that many SMBs are having difficulty in keeping up with such changes in the market.

In a survey published by CBeyond last month, only 22 per cent of respondents said that their organisation had implemented an effective BYOD policy for data access through personal devices, leading to 32 per cent of SMBs to declare that they were not confident about their most valuable business information being adequately protected.

According to Jeff Kaplan, chief executive of the Breakthrough Technology Group, one of the main reasons so many SMBs have been left behind has been due to the face of the computing changing at such a rapid rate.

But he believes that by embracing certain software can help companies get up to speed.

He told Information Week: "Today, many companies are adopting SaaS-based services, [which] can be used from any device. You can go to a Web browser through a tablet or iPhone and get to Salesforce or somewhere else."

He added that having a clearly defined set of rules for such a policy was essential.

He said: "It's one thing to say, 'OK, we're going with BYOD,' but where are the policies associated with that? If you don't have that [in place], how do you know if someone's doing something wrong?"