The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of BYOD

By Caerley Hill

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has been a popular talking point for professionals in the past few years. From blog posts to Bloomberg, it seems that BYOD is here to stay. (We may even be wearing our own devices to work in the near future.) But what are the implications of these trends for companies?

With the growth of the telework movement, the influx of device options and the availability of cloud-based solutions, BYOD is a topic that can’t be ignored in business. So we partnered with the team over at Osterman Research to take a deeper dive into the good, the bad and the (sometimes) ugly of BYOD for IT professionals. In the paper we explore the growth and implications of BYOD, outlining strategies for successfully managing these programs.

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The Good

Anytime, anywhere access – Employees who use their own devices at work and at home are now continuously connected. Their productivity and availability are both improved, because they can essentially work from anywhere, meet anytime and securely access the information they need from the cloud.

Reduced corporate IT costs – It gets expensive buying the latest devices for employees who need to stay connected. BYOD offers important budget benefits for organizations and IT, because the cost is offset by employees who purchase their own.

The Bad

Supporting users – While it might be cheaper to allow employees to BYOD, supporting the wide variety of devices can get complicated. Suddenly, your IT team isn’t troubleshooting one platform, application or operating system, but several. This can negatively impact organizations that can’t keep up with the support tickets coming in for an array of devices and software. For suggestions on how to support BYOD and mitigate the risk, be sure to check out the Osterman white paper.

The Ugly

Security and malware protection – Another BIG topic in IT is security. Employee-owned devices often connect through non-corporate networks for use and storage, which can create risks. When outside the office, content may bypass certain encryptions or scans that normally would mitigate danger.

BYOD is not the future of IT – it’s the present. It has rapidly become the standard for businesses both large and small. Is your company thinking about offering a BYOD program? For guidance on launching and managing your own program, download the full white paper.

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