Discussions around the bring your own device (BYOD) trend have displayed vastly differing opinions. Some advocates believe it is their right, not privilege, to use a personal device for work, while the naysayers are hesitant of data security and increased expenses on the company’s behalf.

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One thing is clear, though. Change is in the air!

A CIO news article outlines four predictions that will bring both relief and challenges for IT departments in the near future:

Prediction 1: Personal device will become the norm

Although it seems the path to personal devices in the workplace is primarily post-PC, Wang predicts as companies slowly accept and become more flexible to the BYOD craze, more personally owned laptops will enter the environment.

“Currently, 39 percent of laptops used for work are owned by an employee.”

CIO’s and IT departments have a few dilemmas ahead of them as employees demand more mobile access to company resources and data:

1. Investments will have to be made in IT to widen remote access to company data that would traditionally be hidden behind the firewall

2. Reevaluations of applications will be necessary as the days of on-premises servers fade and cloud hosting appears

3. More company funding will contribute to wireless hardware and services

Prediction 2: Seamless, on-demand mobile ‘virtualization’ will overtake MDM

BYOD advocates have turned to mobile device management (MDM) for data security and corporate application monitoring. Unfortunately MDM might not be enough.

Mobile virtualization is such a big hit for companies with a BYOD program because IT departments are able to run multiple operating systems on a single piece of hardware. The allure of virtualization is also being permitted to give an individual device two personas, one for work and one for personal.

Technology similar to mobile virtualization is in the early stages and will continue to deliver much-needed controls for data security and privacy on devices in 2013.

Prediction 3: HTML5 enterprise apps will proliferate

The next prediction is the incorporation of HTML5, which is cheap to develop and maintain as opposed to other apps.

“HTML 5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser,” as described in an article comparing HTML5 to other apps.

This is especially important for an IT department with a BYOD program in place where employees are bringing in all different types of devices from iPhones to Androids. HTML5 allows for a simple way to deliver and control corporate apps through online communications models.

Future results from HTML5 and online communications models will show movement of corporate apps from a physical device to the cloud.

Prediction 4: Identity-based mobile services will put privacy in the spotlight

BYOD pessimists are rightfully just in their fear of data security. While mobile devices in BYOD programs make it easier than ever to identify an employee with a digital presence, there will be backlash from the extensive data collection.

Based on the data security issues that tag onto to BYOD programs, the article notes it is unlikely for tightened laws and regulations in 2013, resulting in litigation cases on mobile data confidentiality

Mobile competitors have gained ground in the past years, introducing innovations specific for the BYOD trend, especially making great strides in improving separation of corporate and personal information.

Click here to read about the mobile leaders in BYOD.