BYOD on the Run, Should You Embrace It?

What is BYOD?

            Bring your own device– is a phrase adopted that refers to employees bringing their personal devices such as mobile devices, PC’s, laptops and tablets to the workplace to access enterprise data and systems.

            BYOD is a term that existed for a long time ago but is not widely adopted until June 2012 when a dramatic rise of interest on it climbed to 80% from 18% of December 2011 and from 0% of June 2004.



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            According to IBM, most employees are more comfortable with working on their own personal devices which makes them more productive and they become more expert with it- compared than when an IT chose what to use for whom. Well of course, who wouldn’t prefer to work with devices personally chosen carefully to fit their own requirements? And if they are using their own devices, of course they would be very motivated with upgrading their hardware when something new comes out on the market. It also saves budget for the company but the trend with it is that, it shifts the budget costs to their employees since they will be the one paying for their own mobile devices and services.

Things to consider with BYOD

            There are people who are not willing to invest their own money. Some employees are actually expecting the company to pay for the expense of hardware upgrades or even for their PC’s or other gadgets to be used at work.

Another problem is the possibility of data leaking without the employer’s permission. According to Advanced 365 on Abbie Lewis’ blog, 81% of the employees admit to have accessed their employer’s network without the permission of the authority. Guidelines and rules on BYOD networking will have to be looked upon by the employers to safeguard the important and confidential data of the company. Cisco, IBM, and other companies have been developing solutions to help improve data security in a BYOD environment. And since there are employees who are involved with the companies confidential data, better consider if they should be using BYOD or not.

            It may financially help the company gain much since you will no longer think much about buying stuffs for the employees to use, but when time comes, you may need to install a private app that will handle who can access what. And of course, development of applications is rather costly.

Experienced by an expert

            WhenIan Jansen, Dimension Data’s CIO, thought of engaging to BYOD, he actually thought of it as a lot easier approach but eventually found out that it required a lot of work, of course he can’t deny the financial benefits it bring, but as a consequence, the risks for the company increases. “But in reality, all it comes down to for me is: BYOD is the only way I can keep up with mobility”, he said.

What he did is that he put BYOD policies bit-by-bit allowing his staff to give suggestions. These policies are then reviewed quarterly using an application developed for the company’s use. The employers were actually passionate and interested on it which helped him build an efficient BYOD environment. And later on, they have found their way to developing mobile applications to help their employees work wherever they are without the need to sit all day in the office. For now, they are developing mobile applications involving data connectivity and implement apps that will aid in contract fee collection for the finance engineers through a timesheet tracker.

            The effectiveness of BYOD depends on what kinds of people you are working with. If they are willing to spend and be spent then what a great luck you have there; but of course, there are things you should consider when engaging in this kind of practice. Risks on data security are the greatest issue to face, may it be BYOD or not, how you deal with it is a great factor to help you in your business. But the most important factor is how you handle your men, how you control your data flow and how you value your networking security.

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