CISCO and BYOD

cisco_campusThere’s no question that in the Post-PC era, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) movement has had a dramatic impact in the workplace. Not so long ago IT spent considerable time and money provisioning and servicing identical black laptops for thousands of employees. Now it is becoming more common to see people walking through the door with a MacBook, a Galaxy S3 or an iPad to work, and nobody looks twice. You don’t need a crystal ball to see where this trend is going.

Recent estimates show that over 200 million personally owned smart devices are expected to be found in the workplace by 2016 and that the iPad can already be found in 94% of the Fortune 500. While those numbers are compelling, statistics pertaining to shifts in operating systems (OS) tells an even more dramatic story. Back in 2000 my black issued PC was part of the 97% of computers that ran Windows. Today, if we look more broadly at devices overall (not just computers but phones and tablets), reports I’ve seen estimate that Windows’ share of devices has dropped to 20% — and is actually less than 5% if you consider just smartphone share alone.

Given these changes, I’d assume Microsoft would have started focusing long ago on investing in Lync for other operating systems, like iOS. After all, mobile collaboration is an essential part of the work landscape, and most mobile devices don’t run Windows. Yet the Microsoft strategy still seems to focus primarily on the PC and Windows platforms.

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