Posted by:Leesa John December 18th, 2013

Employee market or not, what employees want still rules. Employees want to bring their own devices to work, and they will. They’re not happy with company-issued boring devices, and who’s to blame them? The interesting thing here is that it’s not just employees who support BYOD. About 37% of all corporates have given in to the BYOD trend – start with Intel and SAP for good measure.

How Did It All Start?

Well, it first began with Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC), and then moved on to Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and now it’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). No – it actually first started with Bring Your Own Chair (BYOC), but let’s not go there for now. Apparently, it’s all about empowering workforces through IT consumerization, a well-meant but not well-thought-out policy that encourages employees to work on their chosen devices.  Employees can now access corporate email, updates and even log in to confidential internal portals through their fancy iPhones, Nexuses and Blackberries.

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Why Do Employees Love BYOD?

  • No more nightmarish outdated corporate-issued devices
  • Full freedom to freak out with the latest gadgetry and tech (with corporate permission and blessing)
  • Makes work more fun, definitely
  • Flexible working – from home, from Starbucks, Café Day

Why Are Corporates ‘Trying’ To Love BYOD?

  • Employee-driven IT self-sufficiency. Result? Heightened morale, flexible work timings
  • Newer, more advanced tech. Result? Increased productivity
  • No more investing in handhelds, no more insurance nightmares. Result? Reduced hardware spend, less paperwork and litigations
  • No more device maintenance worries. Result? Reduced IT department workload
Yes, there are many advantages to adopting the BYOD approach wholeheartedly. Especially with the latest mobility wave, businesses  are more supportive of BYOD and are investing in mobile application development. Yet, not all corporates are accepting it with a happy face. What about you? How do you feel about BYOD?

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Yes, granted, there are several key advantages to adopting, and even enthusiastically operating a BYOD strategy. Any growth in employee satisfaction is a plus – after all, which corporate can say no to happier employees? The increased productivity alone is a huge plus, but when you think of reduced costs and reduced headache? Admit it – you want to go BYOD too! But there are nay-sayers, people who’re lining up long bulleted lists of why NOT to go BYOD. Let’s take a look, shall we?

What The Nay-Sayers Say

Security tops the list, followed by device brand restrictions. What else?
  • Device non-compliant with company-issued ones (of course!)
  • Device brand restrictions
  • Not all employees can buy the latest Nexus
  • Hardware and service plan costs (some employers do pay)
Again, companies worry more over the security aspect than the others. If BYOD is not properly understood and regulated, sensitive business systems are at major risk.

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Why The Nay-Sayers Are Not Succeeding

  • Both CIOs and employees believe that BYOD is an unavoidable occurrence
  • The least that companies must do is to stay aware of BYOD risks
  • At best, they can perform due diligence before implementing BYOD
  • Ignoring BYOD exposes companies to reputational, legislative and IT security threats

The Biggest Risk Though?

The biggest risk is NOT having some sort of BYOD policy in place to govern unsupported device management:
  • Using Anti-malware software
  • Enabling remote wipes
  • Preventing jail-breaking
  • Using sandboxing techniques
  • Implementing passcode protection
  • Encrypting sensitive data
  • Preventing local storage of proprietary files
  • Limiting access to non-sensitive areas
So, now you take a call. Which way do you want to go? BYOD or no BYOD?

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