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BYOD Pros and Cons

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices—and increasingly, notebook PCs—to access enterprise data and systems. BYOD is a growing trend for business IT. BYOD carries a number of benefits and concerns:

BYOD Benefits

  • Productivity: Employees are more comfortable with their personal device and therefore become experts using it—making them more productive. In addition, constant access leads the majority of employees to work during their off hours, also thought to increase productivity.

  • Savings: BYOD eliminates new equipment costs (such as PCs and laptops) and reduces IT overhead, as employees purchase their own devices and rely on device manufacturers for support.

  • Satisfaction: Employees report BYOD policies as a benefit and appreciate the freedom to select and use the device of their choice.

BYOD Challenges

  • Complexity: Since it is not one standard device everyone is using, the IT department needs to support many different types of devices and operating systems.

  • Applications: Because the device is employee owned, it is also likely used personally. As a result, devices house a large number of personal applications which can be distracting and lead to device performance issues.

  • Security: When an employee leaves the company, they will keep the device. As a result, company applications and other data can depart when they do.

  • Infrastructure: Different types of devices operate at different speeds and with different operating systems - making it very difficult for IT departments to maintain a supporting infrastructure different devices need.

BYOD is growing in popularity, and many expect the policy will become standard in coming years. For organizations about to embark upon a BYOD approach it is vital to consider the risks, benefits, and the importance of governing policies before implementation. The corporate management team and IT departments must work closely together to set policy and to ensure data protection and security.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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