For many firms, a BYOD approach to technology is an effective way to leverage employee resources for maximum impact. While desktop and notebook PCs continue to be the primary platforms for heavy computing, smartphones and tablets have transformed working lives and created efficiencies that could not have been realized prior to the widespread development and availability of consumer and enterprise mobile applications. However, BYOD is not without its shortfalls.

BYOD has been a thorny issue for IT managers, particularly with the consumer smartphone boom as well as the transformation caused by tablet usage within the business. IT managers have struggled with what amount of access to allow these mobile devices. No industry standard has emerged regarding mobile device data access. Each company is left to determine its own policy regarding mobile devices and their access to company data. The resulting policies vary widely across the spectrum: zero tolerance, email access only, corporate application access, and full access to proprietary company data.