BYOD (bring your own device) is a trend that can be depicted as a graph line headed upward, with more companies than ever implementing BYOD initiatives. However, the rapid rate of growth in the use of personal devices is creating serious headaches for IT personnel responsible for delivering information to people carrying such devices. The answer to this problem is to let outside experts develop the tools that work securely with the web and corporate cloud systems, and let IT worry about monitoring and managing employee BYOD training and usage.
The Pew Research Center conducted a research project a few months ago on device ownership. For people between the ages of 18 and 29, smartphone ownership grew to a stunning 86 percent, and for people between the ages of 30 and 49, the number is an equally stunning 83 percent. Smartphone ownership is increasing while the ownership of laptops and desktops is decreasing. It’s not surprising that more businesses are allowing employees to use their personal smartphones for work because the digital devices serve as a direct link between the business and an employee, no matter where the person may roam.
Today’s employees, in all sizes of business, are more far-flung and not tied to desks. They need mobile connectivity to remain as productive as possible. You must recognize that employees will use their mobile devices for work, with or without a formal policy. Gartner research found that approximately 70 percent of professionals will use mobile technology to conduct work by the year 2018. The obvious solution is for your business to get ahead of the trend by harnessing the power of mobility and making BYOD initiatives an employee engagement and productivity strategy.
The best way to harness the power of BYOD is to turn to experts who’ve developed secure connectivity protocols between iOS and Android devices and the corporate intranet and business systems, which may involve a corporate cloud system. Mobile technology is having a dramatic impact on the cost of IT operations as corporate experts try to stay ahead of the wider variety of mobile device configurations, mobile corporate systems’ compatibility issues and security needs. Is it costing you more to have IT integrate and support a range of ever-changing devices than it would to outsource mobile connectivity?
Businesses need a BYOD solution that secures the data, not just the device. Mobile security requires a holistic approach through platform offerings with APIs and apps that focus on ease of connectivity, data transfers and security. Roaming employees need secure access to corporate systems, and the company needs engaged and productive employees. Satisfy both needs by implementing secure and cost-effective BYOD connectivity and usage programs developed by mobility experts.