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Bring Your Own Device

Are you thinking of letting employees use their own devices in work? Have you considered all the key elements of a successful "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) roll out?

It is apparent in today's society just how digital we have gone and this is evident when we look at consumer sales of smartphones and tablets such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Human-Computer Interaction is growing at an exponential rate and some argue businesses are failing to meet the embedded digital demands of their employees.

What do you need to consider when looking at BYOD?

1. How am I planning on utilising mobile technologies or how will my employees use mobile devices?

2. Cost. BYOD initiatives, by their very nature, should save you money not cost you money.

3. With cost in mind. Standard BYOD or Inverse (company supplied)?

4. Equality.

5. Security.

6. Infrastructure.

Let's take a look at these 6 points in more detail.

1. It is worth to actually think how you plan to adopt and utilise mobile devices. Often the consumer effect works its way into business, and mobile technologies are adopted, because it is perceived as the status quo. There needs to be a defined strategy and plan to identify the actual quantifiable benefits of using mobile technologies. Whether this be to aid productivity in terms of using shared calendars, or using custom apps for sales data capture, for example.

2. BYOD is a concept that is considered, in part, a cost saving measure; therefore it is important that your strategy and implementation balances rewards with costs.

3. There are two types of the BYOD concept. Standard, which relates to employees using their already owned devices and Inverse-BYOD, which is when the business supplies the devices.

4. Whilst the inverse-BYOD route offers uniformity in mobile devices, employees often like choice, which contributes to the popularity of the standard BYOD route. It is important to try to maintain mobile equality and allow employees to use any of their devices regardless of the Operating System.

5. Security is often a top consideration for businesses introducing BYOD. Not just in terms of the mobile device themselves but, arguably more important, business data. An advantage of using mobile device management systems is that devices can be wiped remotely or secured.

6. Infrastructure is something that can often be forgotten about. For example make sure you are not trying to run an office with 40 staff using multiple mobile devices on a basic domestic router.

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