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Data management 'must adapt to the smartphone'

Rachel Wheeler Archive
Rising usage of smartphones and tablets in the workplace will need to be addressed in data management processes, according to Gartner.

The IT intelligence firm predicts that sales of smartphones to end users will reach 461.5 million in 2011 and rise to 645 million in 2012, with many of these devices finding their way onto the wireless networks of enterprises.

In order to reflect this change, data management processes will need to be amended, and Gartner believes there will be four main schools of thought.

Control-orientated management styles will see firms impose restrictions on security support and cost via corporate IT, while the more choice-orientated way is to choose a number of relatively safe architectures and allow users to access them.

Some firms, Gartner suggests, will foster an innovative approach, empowering workers to use the devices to drive the company forward with new techniques and processes, while others will be strictly hands-off, taking little responsibility for mobile usage on their networks.

Nick Jones, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, says that bring-your-own (BYO) IT is happening faster than many anticipated.

"BYO is a principle that most organizations will adopt and organizations must prepare for this change," he added.