Podcast: How enterprises can build successful BYOD programs

Implementing a formal BYOD strategy is key for many companies today. But finding one that can be managed in a secure and organized fashion is a challenge for many. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, curator Cormac Foster and analyst Aileen Arcilla discuss challenges and steps for successful, cost-effective BYOD programs in enterprises.
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Host: David Linthicum
Speakers: Cormac Foster and Aileen Arcilla

  • What is BYOD?
  • What is the value of BYOD when leveraged within enterprises?
  • What are some of the technologies that enterprises can leverage to manage a BYOD workforce?
  • What should enterprise do to get ahead of the use of BYOD technologies?
  • What about security and privacy?
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