The head of IT at consultancy firm Accenture has given his backing to the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, explaining that the firm encourages staff to work in this way and strives to support all platforms in use.
In an interview with V3, the firm's chief information officer Frank Modruson said the firm's 257,000 employees have the option of bringing their home devices to work with them.
Modruson played down the difficulty of supporting a large and varied number of smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
"We laid down a standard in 2000 that any new application would be browser based," he said.
"This means a BYOD strategy is easy to do. We don't have to build apps specific to each device, just test the applications on the four major browsers [Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari]."
Modruson said securing each device was the "relatively easy bit" in the BYOD process.
He could not comment on how many devices he had secured but assured V3 that most models of the popular handsets in the market are covered.
"Of course we did not support the iPhone 1 because of its poor security, but we support the later models of the iPhones and iPads."
Modruson said Accenture will begin to support staff using Macs in the near future.
"Smartphones are network aware so it's easy to support them quickly. They're straightforward to secure and manage with out of the box packages," he added.
"But the PC and Mac machines grew up as standalone devices, so you have to figure out how to install and manage applications securely. It takes more time"
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