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Jun 7 2012   6:52PM GMT

Access is necessary but not sufficient for mobile IT

Linda Tucci Linda Tucci Profile: Linda Tucci

We’ve been pretty diligent here at SearchCIO.com about covering the advent of mobile IT in the enterprise, particularly in the iPhone era. That’s when consumer technology launched its full-fledged assault on traditional IT. We reported on early iPad deployments, on mobility strategy tips, and on the difficulty of forming a mobile strategy.

What came through loud and clear from the many CIOs we’ve talked mobility with over the past two years is their determination not to be left behind. Stung by their failure to lend support to iPhones, CIOs were not going to let the iPad get away from them. They would lead the charge on providing access to the Apple tablet. (As for bring your own device (BYOD), IT organizations have been so eager to accommodate mobile devices that industry experts are pushing a new term to rein these programs in — BYOAD: Bring your own authorized device.) It sometimes seems that providing mobile access has become CIOs’ highest virtue.

As my CIO Matters column this week suggests, however, access is necessary but might not be sufficient to bring mobile IT to maturity. Read why, and please let me know what you think.

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