Why Does BYOD Matter?

BYOD continues to be a trending topic in the business world. It’s all about freedom, innovation and productivity. It offers employees the same experience at work as they have with their devices at home.

An Overview

BYOD is a common acronym today. It stands for Bring Your Own Device, an ever-growing trend empowering work forces through the consumerization of IT. BYOD helps IT departments keep up with technology changes and offers employees the ability to use their own devices to access corporate data, a desire that many have.

BYOD encourages employees to work on the device of their choice, whether that means pulling up corporate email on a smartphone, or accessing documents on a tablet or laptop. The ultimate goal in implementing BYOD is increased productivity and lowered costs.

Why Does It Matter?

Employees want to feel self-sufficient and use personal devices that they already own. These personal, mobile devices are also often newer and more advanced than equipment deployed by many IT departments, and they’re changing the way people want to work.

BYOD leads to cost savings in the areas of reduced hardware spend, software licensing and device maintenance. It also leads to employee satisfaction and overall productivity gains, as users will be more comfortable and work faster on technology they own and know. By enabling this anywhere, any time access to corporate data, employees can truly get work done no matter where they are.

Implementing BYOD

If BYOD is not properly understood, it can threaten security and put business data and systems at risk. BYOD needs to be regulated and businesses should implement policies. IT departments may oppose adoption due to these risks but BYOD is going to happen inevitably, whether or not it’s planned for. By being aware of the benefits and understanding the risks, organizations can make a plan for BYOD, rather than risking employees using their own devices with absolutely no regulation.

When creating a BYOD policy, management needs to consider what data employees can have access to, what security measures are in place if a device is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised, ownership of data, and more. Additionally, allowing the use of absolutely any device can lead to complexity, so a business might want to consider the huge variety of devices and versions of operating systems.

However, the biggest risk overall is not having a BYOD policy in the first place. It’s important to recognize that this is a growing and important trend that cannot be avoided. Taking action now will prevent issues in the future. These policies can govern the management of unsupported devices. It’s definitely possible to address security while also addressing employees’ need for accessibility and flexibility.

IT culture has shifted, and users are investing in new, cutting-edge technologies themselves. They want to take advantage of these for work as well, and that’s why BYOD is so essential. Those organizations not already taking advantage of the trend need to address it and be aware of the benefits and challenges. It can transform how you do business!

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