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Maximise BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Success

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If bosses are unnerved at the prospect of digital transformation, solace can be taken in one of cloud technology’s many silver linings – the power of the BYOD (bring your own device) culture.

There was a time when mobile working meant hauling a heavy laptop from home to office, but steady technological advances mean today’s employees can use personal devices to connect seamlessly with business networks from almost anywhere in the world.

Two sides to the coin

Leaders that allow or even lean on employees to bring their own device into work are immediately relieved to a certain degree of the need to provide computers, which saves money. Improved flexible working conditions, a happier workforce and lower device training costs constitute benefits that will be in the post.

However, BYOD can invoke a major cultural shift, and bosses are advised to move forwards with caution if its implementation is to improve processes and protocols in a secure way. Below we consider some of the key preparations that should be made for BYOD to strengthen business effectively.

Have a strategy

Irrespective of your vision for BYOD regarding the business missions it will support, a clear plan of implementation is key. A clear, easy access document on policy should be put together to remove all possibility of confusion on new protocols and rules.

The consistently enforced document should be explicit on which devices are permitted and how they may be used with particular focus on enterprise security. IT staff should inform on the bulk of policy, but leave room for manoeuvre so that the formal document can develop as BYOD is put into action.

Establish device limits

A healthy BYOD culture is not built upon staff using any item they deem fit to connect to the organisational network; parameters must be put in place and this should begin on communicating which devices are permitted access to operating systems, and which ones will be supported by the firm’s IT.

If an employee loses a device, bosses need to be sure that security cannot be compromised. Data control is a fundamental concern, so begin by limiting how much data devices are permitted to hold. Controllable cloud storage solutions can be used to maximise IT security, while mobile device management will enable firms to put galvanise safeguards.

Mobile virtual workspace

Companies can create the doorway to a secure, mobile-friendly workspace using app technology, which will allow authorised users to access the business network.

Within this network, staff members can be provisioned with controlled resources which are stored separately from personal data and classified business information. Within this secure pool, users should be allowed access to essential daily tools such as email, calendars and contacts, the corporate intranet and further company applications.

Harnessing the power of securely prescribed apps will enable employees to tap securely into the resources they need within a controlled digital ecosystem, which will also help to avoid the chaos of application sprawl.

Intelligent BYOD

In most instances, employee devices will already be infiltrating enterprise networks and becoming tied up with work, whether the presiding company has a BYOD policy or not.

In such a technologically dynamic era, bosses should lean forwards to meet a professional working culture that is only set to grow, and start treating BYOD as a means to expand enterprise intelligently.

Leading IT authorities can provide expert guidance on this topic, so reach out today to find out how employee devices can be embraced smartly and securely to help your firm position for future growth.

 

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