The trend for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been the cause of a range of issues for companies and employees alike. A recent survey uncovered some startling facts about BYOD and the approaches people are using with regards to managing, or not managing, personal devices in the workplace.
Although more than 70% of people are now regularly using their personal devices in the workplace, many claim that they are receiving no instruction or guidelines from their employers regarding the safe implementation of BYOD. The fact remains that whilst people are using their own devices to access work emails and other data, which are potentially sensitive, they are putting at risk the personal details of customers and clients whose addresses, bank details and medical records are entrusted to them.
The future of BYOD is only certain in one area and that is the fact that employees are not going to want to stop taking part in BYOD because it offers such a familiar and convenient way to access information.
Organisations need to act now with regards to privacy issues and look at ways to minimise the risks which it brings. This is likely to mean implementing and effective Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. Naturally, as the BYOD trend has taken off so the demand for MDM has increased. This increase in demand has, of course, been met by a response from the MDM market with new products and vendors aiming to take advantage of being able to support the maturing business needs developing as organisations understand this area more and more.
As mobile devices become an extension of our everyday lives in all aspects, MDM products have to keep up and continue to add and improve capabilities; clocking on, clocking off, paying for your staff lunch and accessing company files…they can all be managed by the employee as long as there is a suitable management level input to maintain security.
There is no doubt that the future of MDM is looking bright and that it is a market which will continue to grow and to improve as more companies realise that they need it. This is an exciting time in the world of IT and participating in BYOD programmes means that companies and employees are having a hand in the shape of MDM in the future.
The organisations who are reluctant to join in the revolution will find that they not only risk their own corporate data and that of their employees but that they also lose out on a chance to shape the future of mobile device management.
The advantages of BYOD far outstrip the disadvantages, the main disadvantage being the cost of implementing an MDM solution, but this is negligible when compared with the potential cost of a lawsuit or the loss of reputation were sensitive files are lost or compromised. Businesses need to catch up and get on board with mobile device management as a matter of urgency and those who don’t may well find themselves left behind in more ways than one.
Written by: M L Symonds
The author has many years\’ experience in IT within blue-chip organisations and writes professionally on a wide range of topics including Software Development, Project Management and MDM solution, including the growing trend of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD).
There can be no doubting the changes which are sweeping many workplaces in terms of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and what these changes mean for IT Departments. Whilst many employees in all kinds of fields have been happily bringing their own devices to work and accessing corporate systems, IT Departments have been playing catch-up with what this means for security. Some companies however, have remained blissfully unaware of the significance of BYOD and of how their data may be at risk due to the growth of mobile device usage in recent years.
Consumerization of IT is the latest trend that has taken the IT world by storm. It refers to the growing tendency for devices, gadgets, and systems to emerge in the consumer market and then spread to business and government organizations. Consumerization is a major IT industry shift, since earlier technology-based products had their origin in business markets before spreading to consumer markets, for instance, calculators, facsimile machines, and mobile phones. When developing these products, the manufacturers had only business needs in mind. It is when common people started using it on a large scale that it became commoditized. It was two decades back with the discovery of World Wide Web that there occurred a shift in the pattern. Henceforth, all the technological innovations first made its appearance in the consumer market before becoming absorbed into the business environment. Be it iPads, iPhones, Smartphones, laptops, PDAs, tablets or Androids, these were at first designed for individual consumers before making their appearance in the workplace.
Consumerization of IT also referred to as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is defined by Wikipedia as ‘the recent trend of employees bringing personally-owned mobile devices to their place of work, and using those devices to access privileged company resources such as email, file servers, and databases.” According to Gartner, the “consumerization of IT” will be the most significant trend affecting IT during the next ten years.” Moreover, in a recent report Gartner predicted, “90% of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014.” This definitely proves that BYOD is here to stay. Let’s look at some of the benefits of BYOD to understand its growing popularity.
- Improved Efficiency and Productivity
Today most employees are tech-savvy and own PCs, laptops to Smartphones and tablets. Hence working with obsolete devices in the workplace takes their interest away from the work. With BYOD, they get to work with familiar, powerful, and most modern technological devices that help to get their work done quickly.
- Reduced Corporate Expenses
Allowing employees to bring their own devices to work translates into cost savings for the enterprises. They need not worry about IT provisioning and therefore no buying or leasing of devices.
- Increased Mobility
Thanks to remote desktop access, BYOD facilitates the concept of anywhere office. It allows employees to work anywhere at any time.
- Increased Job Satisfaction
Since BYOD allows employees to work with the devices of their choice, it increases productivity and efficiency leading to job satisfaction.
In a July 2012 published report by Osterman Research (available via InfoWorld), where they survey of 760 individuals with regard to the BYOD issues they face in their organizations. The research found widespread use of third party, cloud-based storage and file synchronization, which are not often supported by the IT organizations…
Their report includes benefits and dangers of BYOD and the topics covered include:
- Growing trend toward BYOD
- Benefits of BYOD
- Dangers of BYOD
- Steps to managing BYOD
Amongst the excellent details on statistics, the report sites:
Organizations should implement policies and technologies that will channel the BYOD trend into appropriate management of corporate data and assets instead of banning the use of personal devices and applications outright.
It is critically important that organizations faced with the BYOD problem implement policies about acceptable use of devices and applications, perhaps creating a list of approved devices, operating systems, applications and other personally owned or managed solutions.
The report is available at
BYOD also known as Bring Your Own Device has been a latest buzzword in the IT landscape. However, prior to implementing it is essential to understand the reason behind supporting it. Most common BYOD business objectives revolve around minimizing mobile expenses or enhance the overall organization productivity or perhaps both. In the recent times, many companies have shared their case studies on BYOD best practices that help other organizations pick up necessary guidelines.
However, if minimizing mobile expenses are your sole BYOD business aim, then you need to convince your employees to pay not only for their own devices but also include some other elements of voice and data service expenses, even though those services are used for other business purposes. Though it might just appear unlikely for business workers to accept employee pays BYOD model, the fact remains that such an arrangement can and does work. There have been instances where enterprises have replaced 100’s and even 1000’s of company owned Blackberry devices with BYOD iOS and Android devices, all of it with an “employee pays” approach.
The influx of new communication devices and solutions in the corporate environment resulted in the workforce becoming increasingly mobile. Take for instance, remote desktop access and SSL VPNs, which has made it possible for the workforce to make the choice with respect to location and time. Similarly, very many technological innovations have made the concept of office obsolete. The concept of 9 to 5 job is outdated, since it is no longer practicable in an environment that is highly competitive and volatile. Today employees do not need an office atmosphere to be productive. It is the era of mobile offices where the employees choose the office location, which can be their home, library, coffee shop, public Internet kiosk, airport lounges so on and so forth.
by Frank Burmon
The quintessential smart phone has evolved from a high-end consumer product for the executive level business person, to a common man’s necessity. Taking this development into consideration, businesses are now considering implementing Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programs with an aim to drive employee productivity using new technology.
Whether you already permit your personnel to bring their own devices, or are considering doing so, it is important that you have a BYOD management plan in place. With hundreds of different devices migrating to companies, it’s crucial for businesses to implement a system that ensures BYOD security and preserves the integrity of IT systems.
Operational Benefits OF BYOD Strategy by Martin Lobo
In today’s competitive world most employers are urging their employees to add greater value to the overall business by improving their capacity to perform from anywhere, anytime and on any device of their preference. With the increasing requirement of instant information, employees are given the option of using their own devices such as notebooks, tablets, Smaetphones, ultra-portable PC’s into the workplace for connectivity and use. This in turn has generated the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
Enterprises are heavily investing in applications that are more useful for employees and can maximize their productivity and mobility. In majority of corporations, the BYOD strategy is gradually gaining momentum as the employees are generally comfortable in utilizing their own devices.
Increasing Demand For BYOD
Today numerous enterprises have started the option of “work from home” owing to huge work demands of client and insufficient office space. In such kind of a situation, the employees are given their personal computing devices on the organization’s company network.
According to industry experts, organization’s have introduced the concept of BYOD in order to minimize expenses and make the most of their employees with high work efficiency and flexible working hours. Furthermore, it is also believed the BYOD deployments is also done to shift company’s telecom expenses to their employees. This increasing trend in BYOD is expected to dramatically alter the nature of assistance, which either outsourced suppliers or corporate IT teams are capable of offering. Simultaneously, this requirement of maintaining and support a plethora of computing devices, RDP remote access , tablets’s and laptops, tablets and their related application might also fundamentally alter the present ways of operating.
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For those working in business IT there is one term that is sure to be cropping up on your radar more and more frequently; for those who work outside of IT departments you’ll be familiar with the ideas behind it – in fact you may be responsible for its prominence – even though you may be less aware of its name. The concept is BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.
What is BYOD?
BYOD is the latest trend in workplace IT deployment and one that all businesses are going to have to address whether they embrace it or not. In short the term refers to an idea in which employees in businesses and organisations are permitted, or indeed encouraged in some cases, to make use of their own devices for their job, in place of any supplied by their employer. Recent surveys have suggested that as many as 80-90% of employees could already be using their personal devices – officially or not. Continue reading…