Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term created to describe the situation where employees are using their own mobile tablets and devices in the workplace.
The rapid consumerisation of smartphones and tablets is coming to your business. Employees want to use their own smartphones and tablets to work because they believe their mobile applications are necessary to get jobs done. They are also more comfortable using their own device, not to mention the complications of having to carry around two devices (one for work and one for personal use).
In short, BYOD is the practice of employees bringing their own devices to work and using these instead of the company’s. In this way, employees can enjoy the comfort and familiarity they have with their own device.
The BYOD trend has created a number of new opportunities and some very critical challenges for businesses. Mobile apps allow for simple and better-to-manage solutions in many instances for business owners. There are a number of reasons why BYOD is important, including:
A successful BYOD strategy implementation involves proper business analysis and determining the right BYOD solution for your business. Here are the three keys to a successfully implemented BYOD:
Carry out a business analysis and assess requirements
As a business decision maker, it is important to understand which mobile applications your employees are choosing to use, which applications can be integrated into your business applications, and which software can be used to securely access your company network. Most SMBs go with modern cloud-based solutions because they allow the separation of corporate functions and personal functions for a single device.
Determine the correct software solution to implement BYOD
A number of packaged BYOD cloud-based solutions can be bought for SMBs. This does not mean they all deliver the same solution. You may need to discuss a more creative solution with IT experts.
Create a BYOD policy for your business and employees
BYOD policies are best developed after a software solution has been determined, as the software solution will greatly impact the way you manage BYOD in your company. Formal BYOD policies coupled with the functionality of cloud-based services allow for a low-cost and balanced solution so that small and medium-sized businesses can maximise the benefits of employees using their own devices and still maintain company property (data) and employee privacy (personal data). Here is a look at the most important issues to consider when building your BYOD policy. This will include:
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