The rise of the smartphone has been driven by the remarkable success of Apple’s iPhone and Android handsets, allowing end users to select devices that match their personalities. While on the go, email access successfully defined enterprise mobility, and while BlackBerry devices did the job, it eventually fell out of favor. This is due to the slick marketing and thousands of apps on Android and iOS platforms that reshaped the mobile device world, making their way into the workplace.
Increased demand means businesses are faced with the pressure to allow BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) on their secure wireless networks. Already, several businesses have adopted BYOD on their networks. If you haven’t done so, you need to check out the benefits it brings to your workspace area.
- Updated Devices
Technology is always evolving, so it is almost impossible and can be costly trying to keep up with the latest handheld device trends. BYOD devices are usually more updated compared to devices issued by IT, so your business gets to benefit from using the most modern upgrades, capabilities and features at no extra cost.
- Save Dollars
A BYOD policy on your business’ wireless network transfers the operating costs to a user. Your business gets to save lots of money while your employer pays for most, or just about all, of the costs related to the mobile device, service and other expenses that go into using a handheld.
- Less Strain on the IT Department
Using BYOD, the employees are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their own devices. This means your IT staff has fewer headaches to deal with, and they actually spend more time improving your IT infrastructure as opposed to constantly dealing with help desk tickets.
- Increased Workplace and After-Hours Engagement
A BYOD policy encourages your employees to work outside the office and as well increases their responsiveness. This means that they are more available even when they are out of the office to complete tasks such as answering emails and engaging in spontaneous video conference meetings.
- Increased Employee Satisfaction
You can reach an agreement with employees that addresses service reimbursement that will make both of you happy. For instance, your business can pay a certain fixed percentage of your employee’s mobile bills, a fixed dollar amount monthly or even have a system for tracking end user data and call usage (for example queues) for reimbursement later. Employees also have the opportunity to use devices they are already familiar and comfortable with, and can respond to business-centric requests faster from their preferred environment, leading to increased productivity.
- Data Collaboration
BYOD also supports cloud and mobile-centric IT strategies that have greater benefits. In your business, the role of data cannot be underestimated. Strategies that emphasize on cloud storage, processing, collaboration and device independence makes handling of data easier from just about anywhere with an Internet connection.
Today, devices have browsers, processing power, application support and interfaces that can make users productive without having to step into the office for the same. This means that your employers can store, edit and approve data on the cloud from compatible handheld devices.
Put all this together, and your business has a huge challenge of trying to pry the handheld device from the hands of employees. In fact, BYOD is most likely happening, whether with official authorization or not, but once you manage BYOD properly, it should not be such a big issue. The BYOD benefits above make it a clear win-win-win situation for you, your business and your employees.