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BYOA: Embracing Applications

by Andrew Barbour

eCampus News

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3 steps to go from BYOD to BYOA

While many higher-ed IT departments are still struggling to handle the flood of mobile devices onto campus networks, some industry experts now advise institutions to adopt a broader strategy that goes beyond BYOD to encompass the applications they run, too.

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BYOD Gives Way To BYOA: What You Need to Know

University IT leaders are increasingly challenged to find the right balance between serving user needs and protecting the security of their networks and data. As they grapple with implications created by BYOD issues, another consideration is emerging—BYOA—the impact of student application use on mission-critical application performance. How can your university strike the right balance between ensuring app availability for instructional needs while not over-limiting the ability of students and others to access their own apps?

This is not an easy issue to deal with and there are no right or wrong answers. From the university perspective, issues of bandwidth, security and the improper or illegal use of apps are concerns. For users, convenience, flexibility and personal choice are important. A good first step is seeking to understand the needs of faculty, students and staff.