The BYOD movement, a personal device revolution!

Technology is constantly changing and BYOD is a growing trend! Year to year and even month to month small and medium size businesses are finding it difficult to keep up with the rapid changes in technology and IT. As more and more people become attached to personal devices (laptops and phones) it is becoming increasingly more common for them to want to use such devices to access their work data alongside their personal data.

This growing trend has been named Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which pulls together the big three: Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP), and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC). All of these initiatives have grown into this new movement hailed BYOD and as part of this movement, businesses are encouraging more and more of their employees to work on the devices of their choice. This could be as simple as accessing secure and corporate email on their iPhone 5, or using a Nexus 7 to access documents on a secure network share. Such access can be controlled through Mobile Device Management (MDM) available through Nettko’s Managed IT service. This initiative is allowing massively increased flexibility in the way your employees can access their data and complete their day to day jobs. However, should this matter to a business owner? Let’s get into it.

Why should my business care about BYOD?

As a business owner, you care about optimisation of every aspect of your business. When it comes to your staff, BYOD is a step towards optimisation because BYOD means an increase in the self sufficiency of your employees, who in 99% of cases already own and use their own personal laptops, tablets and smartphones. Case studies have shown that the laptops, tablets and smartphones used by employees are often far more powerful than the hardware distributed by your IT department. It is not surprising either that people want to use these devices in their workplace having become so familiar and comfortable with them for personal use.

A scary thought though, is the fact that BYOD is likely going to happen to your company regardless of your readiness for it. People are in love with their own stuff and they are going to try as hard as they can to complete their work via the most comfortable method.

Benefits to adopting BYOD

There are some obvious advantages to adopting and making considerations for this movement with your businesses IT structure:

  • Employee flexibility
  • Employee satisfaction with work
  • Cost savings (see more below)
  • Productivity gains

The cost savings from embracing and encouraging BYOD should be obvious. No longer having to provide a full set of physical hardware for every employee will save you a considerable amount towards not only the price of the hardware itself but the care and maintenance of this hardware.

Further, by enabling employees to securely and easily access corporate data on their own device productivity levels will naturally increase. Employees are instantly more connected with their work data and there is no longer a massive barrier to quickly following up on an important email or checking a document or white paper.

Considerations of BYOD and Cloud Technology

As the use of cloud technology for personal use becomes more and more common the trend continues in having users want to bring their own third party software and cloud services and use them to solve work related problems. This new trend has been dubbed Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and is the natural progression of the BYO ideas. BYOC can be as simple as one of your employees using his personal Google Drive for document storage or sharing, or having an employee use and access his Dropbox on the corporate network for sharing documents between work and home. Such a system can also be seen through “Office 365”, Skype for Business web conferencing, Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive. All examples of a burgeoning BYOC trend.

So clearly there are some negatives to the Bring Your Own Device strategy, such as security and we will be happy to expand upon those concerns in the future. Furthermore, we look forward to discussing our Mobile Device Management available through our Managed IT Service and Office 365! However, until then, as a business owner, please consider the pros and the cons prior to making a BYOD decision. Remember, here at Nettko we’re always here to help.

To BYOD or not to BYOD?

Trends like BYOD are always changing and evolving and it can be difficult to keep up. So instead of losing your hair over it just let us stay on top of it for you. Nettko prides itself on its knowledge of BYOD and would be happy to advise you on your specific business situation! So give us a call on 1300 NETTKO or reach out to us here.


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