BYOA: A Positive Development
Why BYOA, or “Bring Your Own Application,” is a Positive Development
In the old days, all roads led to the IT department. When it came to selecting and implementing enterprise or departmental software, IT managers called the shots, and business users followed. Sure, IT would listen to users and document their requirements. But then they would go off and disappear for a while, then come back with a brand new application. Sometimes the application was built right from scratch, in house. Other times it was purchased as a package from a vendor and installed and incorporated into the business.
These days, IT is being left out of a lot of technology purchase decisions. A great deal of IT spending no longer flows through the IT department – instead, it is being seen across various lines of business, from marketing to finance. Many call this phenomenon “shadow IT,” but perhaps shadow isn’t a good word for it, because it doesn’t reside in the shadows – it’s front and center and in the spotlight, where and when business users need it. Perhaps a better term is “bring your own application,” or BYOA. Continue reading
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