Tsunami Solutions has been through the wringer with employee devices. The Vancouver-based IT company, which sells software for worker-safety compliance, has been in business since 1999, back when mobile data didn’t exist and all of its workers used office PCs.
Later, like many companies, it assigned everyone a BlackBerry, switching to Windows mobile devices around 2007. The policy worked OK—until the first iPhone hit the market.
“That was where the first pressure came from,” CTO Gabriel Caldwell says. “People didn’t want to carry their work devices anymore.”
At first, iPhones lacked tools for companies to manage and secure them. But, as the BYOD movement evolved, employers found ways to exert some level of control over them and other Apple devices.