BYOD: A Workplace Trend on the Rise
As the "bring your own device" movement gains momentum in the corporate world, many organizations are rethinking their mobile strategies. While it was once unheard of for workers to use personal computing devices on the job, some high-profile companies have already made the move to adopt BYOD policies, allowing employees to use the computing devices of their choice.
Being prepared to deal with devices that aren't company issued is a major first step before BYOD adoption. If your IT department is not ready to support these devices, the network and security ramifications could have an adverse effect on your business.
However, while such policies might require changes in corporate strategy, they can yield a number of benefits, including increased productivity, lower equipment support costs and enhanced employee morale.
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Since Citrix's BYOD experiment several years ago, many companies have adopted similar technology policies, allowing employees to use the computing devices of their choice at work. This may require a change in corporate strategy, but it can bear fruit in the end.
Workers might be tempted to bring new tech toys to the office but are you ready to support tablets and smartphones that aren't company issued? If not, the network and security ramifications could have a significant impact on your business.
With the right planning and network prep, a BYOD program won't seem like you let a pack of gremlins run wild. One company has successfully boosted employee morale with their BYOD program, which comes with a unique twist.
This NYTimes.com article discusses how fewer companies are dictating which smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices must be used by their employees in the workplace. And what benefits these companies have realized.
The benefit of the Android OS's open-source origins is that it's flexible, customizable and adaptable. However, this also makes security a challenge. For example, one patch won't work for all versions and flavors of Android OS. But McAfee's Mobile Security 2.0 offering is helping make these smartphones and tablets more palatable for BYOD.
BYOD has been lauded for its potential mobile efficiencies and cost-savings on hardware for businesses that are brave enough to adopt it. But a survey by the Aberdeen Group has uncovered a hidden cost that businesses may want to consider when crafting a BYOD policy.
With smartphones and tablets now able to handle real work, workers are turning their personal devices into enterprise devices, whether IT managers like it or not. But IT managers don't need to fear; BYOD and enterprise IT can live in harmony.