"BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades."
- DAVID WILLIS, VP, GARTNER
As mobile technology becomes increasingly accessible to the general public, smartphones, portable computers, and tablets have become ubiquitous in the millennial workplace. Most of today's employees are already equipped with fairly sophisticated technology for their personal use, with a reported 66 percent of all Canadians owning a smartphone and 49 percent owning tablets. It is therefore no surprise that many companies leverage this technological trend in business technology: bring your own device (BYOD). BYOD is a program that allows employees to use their personal mobile devices to access workplace applications. From checking work e-mail on their phones to working on company projects during the train ride to work, this program helps foster a flexible work culture that is efficient, agile, and cost-conscious.
BYOD programs have become more popular because they offer organizations many benefits. Expenses associated with IT and hardware are reduced by transferring the majority of costs to employees. BYOD programs also create a flexible, mobile workforce, where employees are not chained to their desk to do their jobs: staff can be at home, in a coffee shop, or a park and still be productive. Additionally, employees tend to enjoy the perk of using a device which they are already comfortable and familiar with.
Before implementing a BYOD program, organizations should be aware of risks and potential challenges that come with employees using their own devices. Foremost among these is a heightened security challenge. The portability of mobile devices also means that they are prone to be lost or misplaced, thus risking a leak of sensitive company information. BYOD integration can also be extremely challenging for IT departments, because they must determine how to standardize, verify, and control data across different platforms and operating systems.
To increase the benefits of a BYOD policy, while subsequently limiting the risks, involve your HR department in creating guidelines around the use of personal mobile devices.
Source: Government of Canada- http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1018749
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