Creating the Perfect BYOD Recipe

The perfect BYOD recipe: "Finding the balance between protecting corporate data and providing privacy"!

I was just listening to Jon Stewart interview NY Times writer Michael Moss about his new book Salt Sugar Fat and he said something that struck a chord with me. He was talking about the science of creating food and something called the "Bliss factor." That perfect balance that will ensure that the products are a smash hit with consumers. That's where I want to go with BYOD (Bring your own device) policy. I've been searching for that perfect mix of hardware, software and education that will protect my IP—yet give my consumers that rush they get when eating a Twinkie. OK, I know it's a bit of flight-o-fancy to think that a BYOD policy can compare to a Twinkie (they are coming back!), but why not, why not venture out on that quest, at least for a little bit.  


Which "Pad" to buy?

What a difference 30 months make!  In May 2010, I wrote about my initial experiences with the first Apple iPad. I was really excited about what it could do and how content could be read or consumed nearly anywhere.  There had been a few “pads” built prior, but nothing like the iPad.  All the big pieces came together with a very readable color screen, highly accurate touch technology, a fast processor, plenty of storage, and thousands of available “apps”.  Access to information happened  over WiFi or a cellular connection.  Most everyone raved about the iPad and it validated what has become known as BYOD (bring your own device) to the corporate world. 

So, here we are 30 months later.  There are now over two dozen different choices in tablets from virtually every major computer and consumer hardware manufacturer.  Even Google and Microsoft have entered the fray.  Apple has two different iPads out there and the iPad mini.  Google, Samsung, Kindle, Nook, and many others have competing models.  Not surprisingly, the choice of what to buy isn’t so obvious any more.


What is BYOD?


A new acronym has been popping up in businesses  and business technology recently -  BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It’s  starting to become a hot topic of late because more and more businesses are allowing employees to bring in their own smartphones, notebooks, tablets, etc.  This trend can be attributed to the development of cloud technology and smartphones, specifically the iPhone, due to their ability to view and share documents anywhere.


Apple releases the "New iPad"

Apple released the third iteration of the iPad during March.  (See the entire Apple press below.)   In in less than two weeks, over 3 million of the new units were sold.  Quite a feat for a device which is essentially created the "pad" category only two years old ago.  I've seen the "new iPad", haven't gotten one yet.  I'm still using the iPad 2, but my wife will be inheriting it soon.  More on why I'm making the change in a moment.

I was an early adopter of the iPad having gotten it for use in aviation.  Being a private pilot meant carrying several pounds of charts and airport approach diagrams in the plane, not to mention managing the charts and keeping track of the books.  Clutter in the cockpit was very common.  The iPad changed all that. Now all the charts, approach plates, the entire federal air regulations, the airman's information manual, several weather reference manuals, and other assorted aviation documents are all contained in just ONE app.  And the cost for all that information PLUS the iPad is less than one year's subscription to the paper documents.  Many airlines have adopted iPads for exactly the same use. The reduction in weight will save them several thousand gallons of fuel each year.  And that's in just one industry. 

As I've written previously, the iPad has become my go-to device for the consumption of content. It's great for reading emails, online newspapers, social media sites, and tons of other content.  There are dozens of apps, particularly for aggregating information.  Longform has become one of my favorite apps for selecting and reading longer magazine articles.  With it, you can select the magazines you which to review, then pick the individual articles to be read right then or saved for later.  A few times each week (but still not enough), I can be found at the gym riding a stationary bike reading selected articles from a dozen different magazines on my iPad, all from one app.  I still don't write much on the iPad itself, just to answer emails, etc.   You certainly can and real keyboards are readily available for it.  Personally, I've chosen to continue using regular PC computers and laptops for writing.  


Apple iBooks author can create iBooks textbooks

In late January, Apple announced a fascinating new app for the iPad, iBooks 2.  It can be used to create and maintain interactive textbooks.  For this community which is tied very closely to eduction, there are many opportunities for local authors to quickly and efficiently create, maintain and publish electronic textbooks on virtually any subject.  Below is Apple's news release.

NEW YORK—January 19, 2012—Apple today announced iBooks 2 for iPad, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don't weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac can create stunning iBooks textbooks. 

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”


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