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Should BYOD stand for Bring Your Own Disaster?

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Why do some people say that BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Disaster? That’s the question posed by Stuart Dommett, business content marketing practice lead at Intel, who has some serious concerns about the potential effects that Bring Your Own Device policies can have on overstretched IT departments.

It’s a phrase that started out as a tongue-in-cheek joke, but which has become no laughing matter for some IT departments who have learned the hard way, that it’s not always a good thing to allow staff to use absolutely any device on a company’s network. For these departments, there’s an understandable trepidation about working with devices that haven’t originated with the IT department. There’s a genuine concern that they don’t want to save sensitive data to personally owned devices, which are habitually taken out of the work environment and away from the usual checks and security measures that can be maintained in-house.

Another problem is that some firms go down the BYOD route with the expectation that it will lead to big cost savings. After all, if staff are providing their own devices, then the company doesn’t have to buy them, which would seem on paper to be a quick gain for a firm’s expenses sheet. But at the end of the day, once maintenance and security issues have been dealt with, most BYOD devices are effectively cost neutral, which can impact the bottom line with companies that expected savings.

Still, if the BYOD strategy is developed properly, with due consideration for the impacts, both positive and negative, that it’s likely to have, there’s no reason why it should have any disastrous consequences. In fact, the opportunities for employees using their own devices, changing the way they work, and the context of how they want to work, offers great opportunities for business.

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Alan McMahon

Alan McMahon

Alan McMahon is based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked for Dell for 13 years holding a number of marketing positions including country marketing manager; EMEA manager of paid search and for the last three years Alan is managing SEO for Dell across 13 countries in EMEA.

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