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Businesses must evaluate Windows 8 now, experts say

Tim Greene | Oct. 25, 2012
Businesses should be looking at Windows 8 even if they are dead certain it won't be their operating system of choice for years to come, experts say.

More than just evaluating the devices, IT departments should determine which employees are likely good candidates for using them based on what their job is and how sophisticated they are technologically.

Forrester says the evaluation descriptions of who are best suited for BYOD can be helped along by developing what the research firm calls personas. "When developing personas for your organization, it's critical to take note of individuals who have a strong interest in technology and finding innovative ways to be more productive," according to a Forrester research report.

Kleynhans says that typically traveling workers appreciate devices that act as tablets on the road but full notebooks when they get back to their hotel rooms. "The only way to know is to do a pilot and proof of concept," he says.

The Forrester report concurs that mobile professionals are good BYOD candidates and that 74% of them use laptops.

Johnson says businesses need to write formal BYOD policies that include legal documents in which users acknowledge restrictions to what they can do with their devices when connected to corporate networks and authorizing some corporate management of the devices, including the ability to wipe corporate data should they be lost or stolen.

IT departments need to control user access on these devices, ensure data encryption and restrict the ability to move data off them to other drives. Partitioning the hard drives of these devices may also be necessary to protect corporate data. "It depends on how much data is local," Johnson says.



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