With the advent of bring your own device, or BYOD, across corporate America, it’s no surprise that any established company who fails to adapt to the rise of personal mobile devices in the work place will begin to lag. But what about startups? Should new businesses with only a handful of employees implement a formal BYOD policy?
According to this 2013 infographic from Druva, an endpoint solutions software publisher, BYOD is permeating US companies rapidly. And with 74% of organizations expecting the rise in the use of personal mobile devices at work to continue, BYOD policies are something that all companies – established or newly founded – should consider implementing.
BYOD Increases Productivity and Efficiency
Companies that allow employees the use of their smartphone or tablet at work see a rise in worker productivity. Intel, for example, saw annual gains in productivity of 1.6 million hours after implementing a BYOD policy for the 17,000 employees who use personal devices at work. Virtualizaton software giant VMware saved $2 million per year thanks to BYOD, says CIO Mark Egan.
As employees are given access the corporate network on a device they are comfortable with, they are able to complete tasks in a timely fashion while on the go. By remaining connected throughout the entire workday instead of tethered to a desktop computer, workers have meetings that are more productive and can even remain on top of their duties while at the doctor’s office for their child’s annual checkup.
BYOD Attracts and Retains Top Talent
Flexibility is important to all new graduates looking for a company with which to start their career. BYOD offers new recruits and veterans of an organization flexibility by allowing them to use the personal device of their choice and by providing them with mobility around the office and throughout their day. In fact, according to Gartner analyst Michael Silver, college graduates have begun including a company’s BYOD policy in their evaluations of job offers.
MDM Software for Better Control
All businesses implementing BYOD policies must also deploy MDM solutions as part of the rollout. Mobile device management (MDM) software allows IT to configure network access settings to ensure better security. IT can decide to what extent individual users have access to company data. What’s more, programs like Maas360 (above) allow IT to remotely wipe corporate data from a device while leaving personal data intact if an employee leaves the company or is terminated.
Is Your Business BYOD Ready?
The advantages that BYOD offers – increased productivity and efficiency, better recruitment and retention – are ones that any sized business can benefit from. Small startups to large enterprises should have BYOD policies in place with the appropriate security and management software to go with it.
And with smartphones and tablets being used more and more to access other businesses’ information and marketing, companies need to make sure they’re ready to meet those demands with mobile-friendly sites and apps.
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