The power of Bring Your Own Device

Using your own phone, tablet or laptop for work
is increasingly common. This phenomenon is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
and it is now a trend that many employers are embracing.

Not long ago, most
companies were reluctant to embrace BYOD because of the risks it brings, such
as lack of data security, confusion between professional and personal spheres
and a lack of interoperability between personal devices and corporate
infrastructure. Companies now realise the opportunities of BYOD and invite
their employees to use their own devices to foster communication and improve
productivity.

BYOD supports employee engagemet
The priority for
companies now is to optimise BYOD so that the business benefits while the
individual makes productivity gains. An American study showed that employees using
their own personal devices at work increased their productivity by 37 minutes per
week average.

BYOD revolutionises
internal communication

The BYOD phenomenon also has an impact on how companies communicate
internally. Thanks to the utilisation of personal devices, it’s now possible to
communicate more efficiently with all collaborators, especially during internal
events. Participants can be contacted directly, before a conference or a
seminar – or even invited into an active meeting using their smartphone, laptop
or tablet.

BYOD can ease interactions between collaborators and foster greater
employee engagement.

Controlling BYOD
risks
If the advantages of BYOD are important, this crossover between personal
tools and professional applications has certain risks that must be considered:

  • Security remains the
    main challenge: the company’s data and network security are key factors with
    BYOD
  • Technical challenges,
    such as difficulties connecting to the WiFi and accessing network resources
    (such as shared files or printers)
  • Compatibility of
    devices, file formats and operating system.

These risks are important to consider as the number of connected devices
is increasing. There were 2.5bn connected devices in 2009, and this
figure should reach close to 30bn in 2020 according to a study from Gartner.
 And the list of connected objects is growing
with the development of new wearable technology like glasses and smart watches.

Has your business
embraced BYOD? What challenges have you faced – and how have you overcome them?
Have you found that the benefits of BYOD outweigh the risks?

Any comments? Email Zoe Vernor

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