The Impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the Architectural Development Process

Contributed by James S. McKinney
In this paper I will discusses the impact of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) business model on the network architectural development process.  The potential impacts of BYOD to future network architectural design are derived by looking at the evolution of BYOD, how BYOD’s impact to the business process has steadily increased and changes to current network architecture because of this technology.  As BYOD becomes increasingly more popular, concerns over the security of sensitive, organizational data becomes increasingly more prevalent.  Challenges in the infrastructure to facilitate the required heightened security systems and procedures, are just some of the new obstacles facing today’s network architect when developing a BYOD solution.  Also discussed is how the benefits of BYOD, such as increased productivity, will mandate increased network storage capacity along with greater digital throughput requirements.   With every new technology comes a learning curve.  During the employee’s transition from one method of operation to the next, the level of training prior to the migration will determine the size of the curve.  A reduction in company owned end user resource requirements is shown and an increase to network infrastructure requirements when implementing a BYOD business solution.  The infrastructure increase, in either a supporting or a primary role, will significantly alter the organizational network architectural topology.  These reductions and increases in resource requirements will prove to have a cascading effect.  Logistical operation will alter current operations to account for less organizationally owned hardware where as technical support will change current operations due to the increase of personally owned equipment.  I discuss the rework of operational policies, procedures, the technical support system and training in addition to the physical infrastructure.  Through research, data collection and business intelligence analysis; the identification of impact to the architectural process is possible.
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