Understanding the intricacies of BYOD policy is a big plus for your resume

Original author: Tom Kaneshige
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The growing popularity of the concept of employees using their own devices (Bring Your Own Device, BYOD) affects a number of positions in many areas of IT: from the technical support department to the mobile application development or security management department and the compliance control department. In fact, according to one research company, this trend is one of the extremely positive aspects of the IT labor market.

If you think BYOD is more of a hype than a real trend, think again. This megatrend has a very real impact on IT jobs. According to a recent payroll study by Janco Associates, it is precisely those technical positions that require the use of the employee’s own devices that are in demand.

“If you have the knowledge and ability to work on your own device, both in implementation and in support or development, this increases your value as an employee,” says Jan Janitisitis, CEO of Janco Associates. “Today it is a valuable skill.”

Janco Associates analytic agency investigated about a thousand companies, mainly the salaries of IT professionals and the demand for them remained at the same level. But in the situation of positions involving BYOD, everything was different. The BYOD concept has an impact on all types of IT jobs: from technical support to mobile application development or security management and compliance control. There are two particularly popular positions here: the hardware installation administrator (BYOD) and the head of user support.

Undoubtedly, the BYOD concept is one of the most exceptional moments. The US IT labor market grew to 74,900 jobs in 2013, which is slightly better than the figure of 62,500 jobs in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The growth is "not enough to provide all of the United States universities with IT jobs or to increase demand," Janco Associates says. They also added that “all of the most sought-after jobs are related to quality control, introducing BYOD and improving service levels.”

Without a doubt, the BYOD concept has far-reaching implications.

Developers are busy redesigning web applications so that information can be accessed on custom smartphones and tablets, offering a wide variety of screen sizes. The BYOD concept opens the door to cloud services and closes them to obsolete desktop software. In addition, the BYOD concept has breathed new life into the idea of ​​a virtual desktop.

The BYOD trend has led mobile device management (MDM) service providers to resounding success. Which, in turn, led to rampant market consolidation with giant tech corporations that tackled the MDM niche. More recently, VMware acquired AirWatch for $ 1.175 billion in cash with an additional $ 365 million installment plan, and is thought to be a fair price. All this creates good conditions for IT professionals with skills in managing a pool of mobile devices.

In reality, you may have to rebuild the entire architecture of the enterprise so that it can support the work of employees on their own devices. “We see that companies adhere to zero confidence models, in which it is customary to consider each device compromised and where the concept of a trust network no longer exists,” Forrester Research analyst David Johnson tells CIO.com.

Moreover, according to Janulaitis, he expects that soon certificates will appear that indicate the skills of working on his own device. Certificates usually indicate the professional qualifications of the employee over the past two to three years, according to Janulaitis, and the BYOD skill will become commonplace in a couple of years.

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