BYOD – An Inroad to a Global Business

BYOD – An Inroad to a Global Business

With the paradigm shift in technology BYOD is the buzzword in the industry. This post explains the purpose

What does ‘BYOD’ Stands for?

BYOD abbreviated as “bring your own device” is the evolving trend towards the policy of allowing employees to bring their Personal digital assistant like smartphones and laptops, to their business workplace, and to use them for accessing business applications. This policy permits the employees to freely use theirs within the respective business entity. This practice is gaining pace with the growing IT especially in the bigger sections of Information Technology.

Next, when we talk about BYOD, questions like how beneficial is it? And do companies look forward to implementing this practice in their organization? Come to our mind.  So, let’s take a deeper look into it….

  • The BYOD market is on target to reach nearly $367 billion by 2022, up from just $30 billion in 2014.
  • As of 2016, six out of 10 companies had a BYOD-friendly policy in place.
  • 59% of organizations allow employees to use their own devices for work purposes. Another 13% had planned to allow use within a year.
  • 87% of companies rely on their employees using personal devices to access business applications.

Business is evolving with the advancement of technology i.e. smartphones, tablets, iPad etc. making it more advanced and better in practice, with an approach to improve workplace satisfaction and increased productivity. BYOD practice is making employees more productive and satisfied as they can carry their owned smartphones and laptops thus keeping a balance of their personal and professional life. Therefore, it results as a medium to help employees feel more balanced while embracing a technology that’s being used worldwide.

Every Comfort comes with challenges, and this is truly justified in the case of BYOD. Allowing the workers to access their owned device though save a lot of energy and resources yet, it increases the risk of security for the employers in terms of information and applications. Employers will have to update their networks and security mechanisms should be updated for BYOD compliance, and new company policies must be made in order to practice a secured business with least risk and complications.

BYOD and the Internet of Things (IoT) must go hand in hand for a better business, employers will look to create internal company application and project management systems, to maintain compliance. Owned devices should be tethered to corporate cloud storage services also helping to improve security at endpoints. The businesses that look forward to opting for external cloud services will also be able to minimize security, management, and technology costs along the way  while adopting a BYOD policy that makes the entire operations better from top to bottom.

Keeping these challenges in mind below are top BYOD trends to follow:

  • Improved security, driven by AI

Permitting the employees to use their owned device increases the risk to security breaches, internal governance, device management etc. thus bringing into practice the security front for BYOD, with leading security brands moving to machine learning and AI to disclose unnoticed malware.

  • Transitioning to endpoint management

Endpoint management solutions allow managing mobile and desktop simultaneously, as well as other IT assets, reducing complexity in IT management processes, making endpoint management more feasible for large IT firms.

BYOD can be better and hassle-free with the following Practice

  • Create a BYOD policy – The Company must build an appropriate BYOD policy with suitable measures and conditions to meet business goals.
  • EMM Management – Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is one of the biggest components of a BYOD. It keeps workplace data secure supporting the biggest range of devices and places with least restriction to the user not impacting their productivity.
  • Don’t be Rigid – The employers should be flexible with BYOD Practice keeping into consideration that end users are given access to applications that are easy to use and improve productivity.
  • Keep yourself Updated – The Employers must keep themselves updated with proper research to avoid BYOD complexities and ensure least security threats within the workplace.
  • The BYOD best practices are the roadmap to a better and improved Business one must practice staying updated within the Global Business!

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About Jason Hoffman

I am the Director of Sales and Marketing at Wisdomplexus, capturing market share with E-mail marketing, Blogs and Social media promotion. I spend major part of my day geeking out on all the latest technology trends like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, cloud computing, 5G and many more. You can read my opinion in regards to these technologies via blogs on our website.