SAP reacts to BYOD trend with management tool

SAP has highlighted its ability to help customers meet the bring your own device (BYOD) challenges

SAP has highlighted its ability to help customers meet the bring your own device (BYOD) challenge after unveiling its latest software to manage mobile products at this year's Mobile World Congress conference.

Version 7.0 of the supplier's Afaria software will offer management for mobile devices and applications and is a direct response to the growing trend for BYOD. 

Sanjay Poonen, president of global solutions at SAP, said, "The consumerisation of IT is driving our innovation path."

SAP hopes that Afaria could encourage more adoption of BYOD because IT directors that have resisted the move towards allowing staff to use their own devices due to management issues could be placated by the launch.

Bring your own device policies

A BYOD policy, is a set of rules governing a corporate IT department’s level of support for employee-owned PCs, smartphones and tablets. It can take many different forms. Some businesses cut back on corporate-issued PCs and laptops, instead giving employees a stipend to purchase and maintain technology equipment of their choosing. More commonly, businesses will agree to support personal mobile devices – at least to some degree – in addition to corporate-issued equipment.

"These enhancements have the opportunity to significantly benefit customers as the number of mobile devices in the enterprise surpasses PCs and IT requires more simplified, cost-effective mobility management," said Stacy Crook, senior analyst, mobile enterprise research at IDC.   

A Computer Weekly and TechTarget survey of more than 2,500 IT professionals worldwide revealed that 28.9% plan to introduce initiatives to use smartphones in the business, while 30.3% will enable the use of tablet PCs.

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