BYOD – A Device Responsive Practice
The unprecedented growth of smartphones and laptops in an individual’s life has made the gap between personal and professional life negligible. This deed has led to a new revolution in the market which we know as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). BYOD is a practice that enables employees of an organization to use their own devices (i.e. smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers) at work. Like BYOD, businesses also implement Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), which fall under a greater umbrella of consumerization of IT. This is blending of the personal and professional work-space with help of the internet and smart devices, majorly pushed by the millennial these days.
“BYOD is making significant remarks in the business world across the globe with about 75% of employees in higher growth markets such as India, Brazil and UAE and 44% in the developed markets using their own devices at work.” – CXOUnplugged.
How BYOD can transform your business
BYOD has created various opportunities in the market and is making workplaces flexible than ever. Here is how BYOD will help you take your business to the next level.
• Enhanced productivity
When you allow all employees to use their own devices at the workplace, the comfort of working on a similar device increases the employees work efficiency. By making use of familiar technology and user interface the employees will not have to engage their time in understanding a new device.
• Reduced infrastructure cost
Many times for a company, major amount of capital goes into building IT infrastructure and maintaining it which can come from the cost by implementing BYOD. When a company implements BYOD, it automatically reduces its cost of procuring devices for each employee and instead can provide better connectivity services in the organization.
• Improved employee loyalty
When a company allows its employees to bring their own devices at work, ultimately gives them a sense of trust by the company on them. By giving the freedom to use a foreign device at work and giving them the access to company’s confidential data on their device, you generate loyalty among the employees, which makes them give the better result at their work.
• Ease of transit management of employees
The best part of having a Bring Your Own Device Policy is that you do not have to keep a check on the physical devices when any employee joins or leaves the company. Any sort of configuration to the company’s network can be done via the cloud. In case the employee is leaving the company, his device/devices can be simply removed from the company’s cloud network. No hassles with LAN wires required. “A recent survey by the handset manufacturer Blackberry stated that 41% of Indian organizations have a BYOD policy.” – Gadgets Now
With such a huge percentage of Indian organizations implementing BYOD, the next question that needs to be answered is how to implement BYOD in a business. When implementing BYOD a company should also have a stringent policy to make sure the functioning is smooth. There should be no loopholes which can put the company’s confidentiality in danger.
BYOD – How to implement it in your business
To have a seamless implementation of BYOD, an organization needs to have a strong policy in place. Here are the 7 things you need to consider while implementing BYOD.
• Payments for the devices and data usage
• Device support and access levels for everyone in the workplace (permanent employee, contractual employee, and guests)
• Data storage (Cloud/local storage)
• Employee data privacy (employee’s personal data should not be leaked or shared across the network)
• Data authentication (type of data that an employee can view or edit while not at work)
• In case of theft, damage or missing device what steps need to be taken
• Restoring the data in case of the device is sold, disposed or is no more in use.
BYOD has ample benefits which can uplift a business vastly. Along with the benefits, issues like employee privacy, data management and adherence to the company policy need to be taken care of while implementing BYOD at your workplace. BYOD is like the upgraded level to all the businesses and with the world getting wireless and digital; BYOD seems to be a smart move for productive results across various businesses.