So what's the bottom line? By 2015, BYOD openness will be whittled away by more enterprise controls through tighter policies and enforcement, and by an ability of the devices to be more effectively managed and secured without the need for companies deploying tactical BYOD-driven MDM. MDM functionality will become built into infrastructure, and into apps, as the device vendors offer SDKs and APIs to make that possible. Stand-alone MDM vendors will have to add value on top of base capabilities. This will be harder for them to do longer term while competing with the major infrastructure players. And companies should plan accordingly, while understanding that limited BYOD is here to stay, but also that the mobile technology will continue to evolve.
Jack Gold is the founder and principal analyst at J.Gold Associates, an information technology analyst firm based in Northborough, Mass.
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