The concept of “bring you own device” (BYOD) is a growing trend for business IT. There are a variety of benefits to allowing users to supply their own PCs and mobile devices, but there also some concerns. Make sure you understand both in order to embrace BYOD with confidence.
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It used to be that IT departments drove technology, but that has changed dramatically in recent years. The consumerization of the IT revolution—sparked by the iPhone—has shifted the IT culture so that the users are the ones getting the latest, cutting edge technologies first, and they want to bring those devices to work. There are a few benefits and concerns with BYOD. (Click)
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Businesses that embrace BYOD have some advantages over competitors. For starters, BYOD programs generally shift costs to the user. With the worker paying for most or all the cost for the hardware, voice or data services, and other associated expenses, companies save money—as much as $80/month per user.
You might expect users to revolt against paying for the devices and technology they use at work. This is not so. As an BYOD report states, “50% of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs—and they are happy to do so.”
This brings us to the second significant benefit: Worker Satisfaction. Users have the laptops and smartphones they have for a reason. Those are the devices they prefer, and they like them so much they invested their hard-earned money in them. Of course they’d rather use the devices they love rather than being stuck with laptops and mobile devices that are selected and issued by the IT department.
There are two corollary advantages that come with BYOD as well. BYOD devices tend to be more cutting edge, so the organization gets the benefit of the latest feature and capabilities. Users also upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently than the painfully slow refresh cycles at most organizations. (Click)
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BYOD isn’t all wine and roses, though. There are some issues to consider as well. By embracing BYOD, organizations lose much of their control over the IT hardware and how it is used.
Company-issued IT typically comes with an acceptable use policy, and it is protected by company-issued security that is managed and updated by the IT department. It is a little bit trickier telling an employee what is or is not an,…