Bring Your Own Devices – Watershed or Headache?

Bring Your Own Devices

BYOD – Good Idea?

The BYOD trend (Bring Your Own Device) has swept the nation as millions of workers are gleefully checking work emails and logging onto company VPNs with their own mobile devices, including iPads, smartphones and tablets. The ability to work from anywhere and easily check into the office from any device offers a flexibility that was largely unheard of less than a decade ago.

eWeek recently reported on a survey conducted by Ovum that found “…that nearly 70-percent of all smartphone-owning professionals are using their personal devices to access corporate data.”1 Businesses are beginning to understand that people enjoy using their own hardware.  Also, because many companies have employees spread throughout the US and internationally, the ability to communicate whenever and from wherever opens new possibilities for productivity.

Further, business with relatively small IT budgets are hailing the BYOD trend as many of their employees do not have to be outfitted with expensive equipment – people can check email and work-related documents on their own mobile devices and personal computers.

In addition, mobile devices have become par for the course for cloud-based solutions including applications such as those relating to finance and project management.  Many of these products offer users the opportunity to view reports and update their work from their smartphones, tablets and laptops.  This is key as more people can take to the road with less hardware. No longer do business travelers have to, for example, travel with both a personal and work smartphone.

The IT industry is citing the BYOD trend as a major catalyst to the “the consumerization of IT.” Once there was a clear distinction in the workplace between “employees” and the “IT department” – but this new emphasis on everyone using the same technology for both work and pleasure has turned even those fearful of switching on a printer into self-educated “technofiles.”   People are now kings of their devices – becoming their own de facto IT person.Continue Reading