The bring your own device (BYOD) strategy lets employees use their personal mobile devices to do work for your company from anywhere. This strategy increases efficiency and convenience to your business, but it also brings a number of security risks to your IT infrastructure and data.
Most business owners are quick to think that utilizing mobile devices automatically leads to more productivity. Unfortunately, this is not always true. A poor mobile device policy can actually lead to burnout and see your employees become overwhelmed by technology.
In the 21st century, personal computing is with us wherever we go. This is all thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. These devices allow us to take work home with us. And, with bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, businesses have never been so productive.
Asking your employees to bring their own device to work seems to be a great idea. It saves cost on hardware, software and even maintenance of devices and it is a great way to allow employees to take their work home with them. When they work on their own device, they are always connected to work.
Over half of the employers should require employees to supply their own mobile device for work purposes by 2017, according to a Gartner’s Study of CIOs. That’s testimony to the fact that there’s a feverish rush to embrace BYOD, which is clearly for the benefit of employees leading to cost savings, better collaboration, enhanced efficiency, increased accessibility, and better employee satisfaction.
You don’t have to go caress a crystal ball to know where we are going with the influx of devices that users will now own and use at work. By 2016, more than 200 million personally owned smartphones and tablets would enter the workplace. The ubiquitous iPad is already present in almost 94% of the Fortune 500 companies.
What do you get when you embrace the BYOD movement, and let everyone use Android-based phone at the enterprise, for instance? You get “Enterproid Devices”. It’s might sound like a fancy name, as of this writing, but it’s likely that this will be a new way of life for corporate users pretty soon.
We foresaw that BYOD would be a big trend and that it’d be next to impossible to stop the phenomenon from happening. We, however, also take new trends with a pinch of salt. We believe that he world of technology runs like god plays dice and so not everything that sounds promising works.
We pointed out earlier that mobile is all set to rule the web. In fact, as we speak, it’s already making in roads and changing computing habits leading to the new mobile web, rise of mobile apps, and a relentless drive to make sure that websites, applications, and everything else related to computing renders on the mobile as well.
When you saw hundreds of thousands of Blackberry handsets in the hands of roving executives, it’d have been obvious to many (and certainly for users of such mobile devices), that Mobile Device Management was an important part of IT management for many companies all over the world.