Bring your own device, or BYOD, is a disruptive phenomenon where employees use personal “smart” devices into the organization and demand to be connected to everything – without proper accountability or oversight. Master the three Key challenges and it may work for you.
The BYOD trend, which also encompasses similar Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) initiatives, have evolved to empower workforces through the so-called ‘consumerisation of IT’.
However, without proper management, accountability and oversight, a very real and potential security nightmare is introduced to every corporate network.
BYOD – Key Benefits and Advantages
There are some key advantages to operating a BYOD strategy, including:-
1) Increased employee satisfaction (they can work more flexibly),
2) Cost savings (reduced hardware spend, software licensing and device maintenance)
3) Productivity gains (employees are happier, more comfortable and often work faster with their own technology).
As Mark Coates, EMEA VP at Good Technology, points out: “By enabling employees to securely and easily access corporate data on their own device, productivity levels will naturally increase. In terms of cost savings, there are huge benefits, since SMBs will not have to manage and fund a second device for employees.”
Shaun Smith, technology practice director at Xceed Group, agrees. “At Xceed Group, allowing the use of consumer devices has helped improve both productivity and staff motivation,” he says. But he also strikes a note of caution. “For a company to decide if a BYOD strategy would work for them they need to ensure due diligence is conducted – simply evaluating the benefits versus risks.”
Many IT departments struggle to keep up with constant changes on their existing technology and simply don’t have the time, resources or expertise to take full advantage of this emerging phenomenon.
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