A survey of 2,000 organisations conducted by technology research firm Gartner has indicated that the implementation of so-called ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) programmes is expected to rise sharply. Currently only six per cent of companies today have BYOD programmes, but 45 per cent are expected to by 2020.
Typically in BYOD programmes, employees will use personal smartphones and tablets for work purposes. Whilst these are sometimes purchased with the help of a subsidy or repayment plan by an employer, fully subsidised devices are likely to become a thing of the past, as it becomes the norm for workers to use their own smartphones.
David Willis, vice president at Gartner said “BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades. The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”
Whilst BYOD clearly has its advantages, many companies lack a security strategy for the millions of British workers who have their work email on their personal devices. This access does allow them to check messages at any time, but simultaneously increases the risk of leaked confidential information.
“We’re finally reaching the point where IT officially recognises what has always been going on: people use their business device for non-work purposes,” Mr Willis added. “They often use a personal device in business. Once you realise that, you’ll understand you need to protect data in another way besides locking down the full device.”
In order to successfully implement a BYOD policy into your company, it is important to manage these devices effectively. Comm-Tech can provide a number of Mobile Device Management solutions with a range of features to ensure your workforce remains productive.
Handsets can be easily managed and monitored from a simple online portal and subject to unique policies according to location and device type. You can also distribute company-approved applications over the air, ensuring everyone in your organisation is kept up to date with important company information, all from their own device.
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