Last week, Kevin Bloch, Cisco Australia and New Zealand’s Chief Technology Officer, hosted our second quarterly informal media event where we discuss the hottest tech topics in Australia. This quarter we focused on BYOD and the implications to service providers.
Drawing on the Cisco Connected Technology World Report, Kevin kicked things off by discussing the three key drivers for BYOD which are; the proliferation of mobile devices; the changing social media landscape; and The Cloud. However the most important factor that organisations need to address when developing a BYOD policy is security. On the one hand employees are bringing in their own devices to work, but at the same time companies are focused on protecting their intellectual property and company assets. Kevin opines that finding the right balance is the “business BYOD nirvana”.
Kevin also talked in-depth about how the BYOD trend is changing our workplace and how the ‘hockey-stick’ growth of data is leading service providers to examine the benefits of Wi-Fi for offloading mobile data and creating new services. This is backed up by data from the Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update which states that globally mobile data traffic was eight times the size of the entire internet in 2000.
Drawing on experience from time in the US where Wi-Fi offloading is already commonplace, Kevin presented his belief that in the next few years we’ll see Australian telecom providers taking advantage of Service Provider Wi-Fi hotspots to shoulder some of the burden of mobile data traffic.
Here’s a short video of Kevin outlining these topics here. Are these hot topics in your region as well?