The Declaration of Mobile Collaboration Independence

This blog post is sponsored by the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya.

When in the course of business events, it becomes necessary for workers to enhance the collaborative experience which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the enterprise, the separate and equal station to which the Corporate IT Policies and of policies’ executive entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of employees requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to BYOD.

Like it or not, advancement of consumer mobile technology has outpaced IT organizational processes, especially for large enterprises or even medium enterprises. The traditional IT organization has always enjoyed being the gatekeeper or key holder, where it recommends and approves anything from laptops to operating systems to productivity software that employees must use in their daily work. Anyone caught circumventing IT’s authority faces possible harassment, usually in the form of constant pop-up warning messages or incessant automatically generated emails. Or an unpleasant phone call from the IT director.

Today employees are bringing their own Androids and iPhones and tablets to the workplace. It’s an unstoppable phenomenon for two reasons:

  • We’re deeply tied to these personal mobile devices because they enable us to better communicate, stay entertained, and easily capture notable life moments
  • Thanks to technology the line between work and personal life has blurred considerably

Such employees do not mean to become a corporate headache to IT. On the contrary they’re probably more productive with these personal devices by their side.

There’s a reason why Androids and iPhones have gained on BlackBerrys among corporations. More apps, more features, more friendly UI for the digitally savvy worker of today. Mobile collaboration has evolved from the era of BlackBerry anytime, anywhere emails to Android/iOS apps that offer unified communication in IM, VoIP, and even videoconferencing.

IT’s role ought to be enabling more seamless mobile collaboration among the various devices. Don’t mind the devices as much but rather put together the infrastructure and adequate policies that’ll make employees even more productive wherever they are with whatever they are using.

Workers want their independence when it comes to collaboration. Instead of battling them on this front IT should ride the wave and be an integral part of empowering employees and boosting overall productivity.

This blog post is sponsored by the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya.


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