The 'bring your own device' debate

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The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon likely is one of those issues that keeps enterprise IT overseers up at night, worrying over issues of security and responsibility for smartphones, tablets and accompanying cloud-based software apps that don't officially fall under the umbrella of company ownership. Indeed, a recent survey of CIOs and IT managers sponsored by Host Analytics finds that 37 percent of respondents have already been asked to take ownership of cloud solutions that were already purchased by the business without IT's input. Those concerns don't necessarily translate to cloud alone: The study finds that most 92 percent of respondents believe cloud technologies are good for business. The push and pull between early-adopter employees and their IT departments is likely to continue as the cloud becomes more prevalent and enterprises scurry to put the right policies in place. For more insight from the survey, see this Forbes story.