More and more businesses are making the switch to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), allowing employees to use their own devices to access information and work applications. As with any big implementation, there are a variety of costs associated with any BYOD policy, and these have to be considered carefully by organizations and CIOs. Those who assume that BYOD will automatically lead to savings because of reductions in hardware expenditure are often left disappointed. There are savings to be had; but the benefits of a successful and well-designed BYOD strategy go beyond cost reduction, helping businesses to improve the way they work. Here are some of the ways in which BYOD can increase productivity and save money for business.
Recent improvements in the performance of portable and handheld devices, as well as the widespread move to cloud and multi-cloud computing, mean that businesses and their employees now have the tools to work and collaborate from anywhere. The rate at which new, multi-device technology is changing, however, makes it hard for procurement to keep up. BYOD offers a way of sidestepping this problem, enabling employees to work on the latest, most powerful devices.
Maintain Employee Satisfaction
As well as enabling businesses to harness the latest technological developments, a well-designed and properly managed BYOD policy can improve employee satisfaction with company device management. For an organization is going to achieve they need to be able to show their employees that BYOD is not a way of transferring hardware costs from the business and onto them. By working with employees to formulate a clear and intelligently regulated system of subsidies and stipends for devices, voice and/or data a company can boost satisfaction and save money further down the road.
In the past, organizations’ mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) policies have been put under strain by factors outside their control, as the fortunes of different device and software providers ebbed and flowed. In effect, BYOD means businesses no longer need to stake their infrastructure investment in a single mobile device or platform for the sake of economies of scale, instead building in flexibility and reducing uncertainty from the outset.
The security implications of BYOD are frequently discussed, and can attract quite divergent opinions and points of view. Ensuring that company data and the devices that are being used to access it are secure is the main priority; but the best way to reach this end will depend on the industry and nature of an organization. Many businesses, however, have had to accept that employees will sometimes use their own devices and applications, irrespective of company policy. In such cases, a well-designed BYOD security policy with properly tailored protocols can help organizations regain control over mobile and tablet devices, reducing the risk of data leaks and security breaches and ultimately, protecting the bottom line.
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