Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) And Its Importance
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is one of the most influential trends reshaping the landscape of digital communication, the mobile enterprise and the evolution of IT organizations.
The influx of powerful mobile devices into the workplace is changing how users access and use enterprise resources.
In the past, it used to be that IT departments technology infrastructure, but that has changed in recent years.
The consumerization of IT revolution,sparked by the smartphone, has shifted the IT culture so that the users are the ones getting the latest, cutting edge technologies first.
Tablets and smartphones are turning into general computing devices with faster components, better integration and support in connecting to enterprise systems.
The demand for BYOD is largely driven by these users who want to choose the devices they use in their workplace.
Enterprises are beginning to see BYOD as an opportunity rather than a challenge. IT organizations are establishing policies with BYOD access.
They are adapting to mobile devices smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. in the corporate workplace to meet user expectations and leverage new technologies to boost worker productivity.
IT needs to balance productivity with security and coordinate business justification with the various line of business owners to implement BYOD programs within an enterprise.
On one hand, employees are demanding access from devices not only within the corporation, but also beyond the firewall, that is no geographical location barrier.
On the other hand, risk management dictates that corporate data must remain protected. With employees using personal devices for mission critical job functions, mobile device managers (MDM) are becoming
Functions such as ensuring that a device can be locked and wiped remotely in case it gets lost or stolen or when the employee is terminated of his/her job.
Benefits Of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Firstly, companies save a lot of money. Because BYOD generally shift costs to the user. With the employee paying for most, or all of the costs for the hardware, data services, and other associated expenses,
Second benefit is employee satisfaction. Employees have the laptops and smartphones they have for a reason those are the devices they prefer. They like them so much that they do not mind paying for them.
Employees may also prefer to reduce the number of devices they carry while traveling; before BYOD, traveling employees would carry their personal and company-provided devices for example two mobile phones/smartphones and two laptops,
Third, BYOD devices tend to be more cutting-edge, so the organization gets the benefit of the latest features and capabilities.
Fourth, employees also upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently than the slower refresh cycles at most organizations.
Fifth, flexibility and ease of communication and interaction in the organization and accross the organization.
BYOD has solve this issue because you don’t have to sit in front of the company computer before you can communicate. You have your smart phones and tablet with you all the time.
In summary, BYOD is not just a IT project, it is a multi-technology, company-wide project that touches the corporate infrastructure, mobility, manageability, security, and policy control.
The decision to invest in full BYOD deployment is increasingly shifting from IT alone to the various business owners. Both business and IT considerations need to be taken into account when implementing BYOD.