Bring your own device? That's easy. Try App Internet.

There has been an ongoing debate about the feasibility of enterprise IT organizations supporting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs.  I clearly believe BYOD programs are the wave of the future.  But earlier today, my viewpoint was expanded to the point that I now believe that BYOD is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the challenges faced by corporate IT.  

What's the bigger picture, you ask?  Have you heard of "The App Internet"?  The basic idea of App Internet is a new architechtural framework that replaces both the PC / desktop computing model as well as the web / cloud model. 

What?!?  You must be crazy.  I thought you said replace cloud computing... 

It depends on how you look at it.  The App Internet concept leverages powerful local devices (smart phones, tablets, etc.) to run applications that take advantage of resources in the web / cloud. 

If your still trying to wrap your head around App Internet, just think of the Apple commercials where they advertise the phrase "there's an app for that". 

At any rate, I started thinking about how an App Internet model would affect enterprise IT departments.  With App Internet, IT departments are not only going to have to worry about how to secure & manage the devices, but the *applications* (and subsequently, the data).  BYOD is now only part of the solution. 

Does this make things more challenging for enterprise IT departments?  Most definitely.  Is this going to stop the adoption of BYOD programs?  I don't think so. 

What do you think?

Douglas J. Haider is a Consulting Systems Engineer with Cisco. He hosts a personal blog at, and micro-blogs on Twitter @wifijedi

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