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BYOD: Resistance is futile
Sebastian Taylor 270006D5FS firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  flexible-workplace ibmmobile bring-your-own-device byod sebastian-taylor ibm sme workplace
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Be warned! Aliens are invading corporations. Small screens that barely fit your palms are taking over the lives of employees and decision makers. And corporates fear them as competitive information leaks, productivity drainers, or liabilities that allow vital information to be procured when misplaced or stolen.
Proponents of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) beg to differ. And there are immense merits to their argument. Here’s one: The Good Technology State of BYOD report states that half of the companies surveyed employ BYOD models that require employees to cover all costs; and employees are happy to do exactly that. That’s big savings in today’s lean times.
Employee satisfaction is another intangible benefit. You are empowering them to use devices that they already love and invested in. Besides, having a BYOD policy can also be a huge turn on for mobile-savvy next-gen employees.
Not convinced? Here’s two more: Mobile devices tout the latest technologies as a selling point, and companies can utilize them through their employees with minimal investment. Another, users tend to buy the latest or fanatically keep their own devices updated. This means less time wasted in enforcing upgrade policies.
But wait! Before you jump on the BYOD bandwagon consider two issues that many often fatally ignore. First, BYOD is not all about hardware. We need to look at the human side of the equation. A holistic approach rather than one driven solely by the IT department can be more successful and receive less resistance.
Second, don’t attempt to build your entire BYOD business case solely on cost efficiency. Yes, it can lower your bottom lines but it is not without initial costs such as investing in WiFi connectivity, licensing and security measures. Thorough research is in order before implementing BYOD policies.
Admittedly, some areas like in a top secret military compound or inside a nuclear plant may never be ready for mobile devices. But resisting this trend is not the way forward. It is time to embrace it and prepare for the BYOD tsunami. Remember, it was a similar argument put forth when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
Sebastian Taylor is the Global Leader of Mobility, Wireless and RFID Services at IBM.
The Good Technology State of BYOD report, referenced above, can be accessed here.