Your company can’t fight BYOD—and doesn’t have to

While discussion about different BYOD policies and the best way to account for them is useful for companies who don't already have them in place, some might say it's mandatory. BYOD is the wave of the future, even for those who aren't ready.

That's the point that Steve Ranger comes to in his piece for ZDNet, in which he cites information from technology company Ovum. Research from that source suggests that more than 60 percent of BYOD users are doing so in unregulated work environments, potentially meaning that it's simply their preference.

If this holds true, the companies that are already staffed with BYOD-friendly employees are making a huge mistake in not acknowledging this by planning responsive web designs for any legacy system modernization projects.

Ranger spoke to Ovum's Adrian Drury on the way that work use of personal phones and other mobiles has changed.

"Really what we are seeing is enterprise multi-screening in exactly the same way as we see multi-screening in the home," he said. "We are seeing multi-screening in the workplace [because] people just want to use the right screen at the right time to get the job done."

The interest that big companies like Microsoft have taken in mobile security might also be a sign that workplace use of personal devices phones is growing and getting recognized. A piece for CMS cited this as a possible inspiration behind such developments as the "kill switch" and the remote alarm in the new "Amazon Fire Phone."

If you are interested in using a terminal emulator, and application modernization you shouldn't ignore the important versatility responsive web as an element of BYOD policies.