Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for Enterprise
In the U.S. 40% of employees in large enterprises use their personal devices for work and that number is expected to increase threefold by 2020.
While the age of enterprise mobility is well and truly upon us, the concept of ‘Bring your own device” or BYOD is just beginning. BYOD is the scenario where an organisation enables its employees, and contractors etc.to use their own devices to connect to the enterprise. Traditionally a company issues devices that are provisioned and maintained internally by the IT department. BYOD can substantially benefit the organisation, but if not managed properly could be detrimental to your business.
Bring Your Own Device scenarios can increase productivity while lowering the barriers to enterprise mobility adoption. Using a device familiar to the user improves the user experience as takes away stress related to the change in work practice. Another huge factor is Improved workplace flexibility, and this leads to increased loyalty, high morale and employee engagement. BYOD also extends the reach, connectivity and collaboration of the organisation beyond its employees to contractors for example that depend heavily on certain information and systems to do their job safely and more efficiently. Without which many external stakeholders simply have no access to the systems and data they need. A world of paper-based processes and forms emerge where back office dependencies morph to unacceptable proportions.
Besides alleviating this, adopting a BYOD principle also has the potential to reduce hardware costs and reliance on support resources to the tune around $4200 AUD/year/device to be exact
However, BYOD can also introduce new risks to an organisation's business and the security of its information which need to be carefully considered and managed before implementation and wider addoption. Lets take a look at some of the key BYOD considerations and risk minimisation strategies for Chief Information Officers and other senior decision-makers.
The main risk considerations in enterprise mobility, including BYOD, can be summarised in the five 'P's of enterprise mobility – purpose, planning, policy, polish and platform.
There are some significant gains to made adopting BYOD, including significant reduction in expensive technical resource required to manage and provision devices, Significant hardware cost reductions and improved user experience. Organisations should use a risk management process to balance the benefits of BYOD with associated business and security risks.
In particular, seek answers to the following questions:
Risk Management of Enterprise Mobility including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Austraian Government –
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Calculating the true cost of BYOD - Forbes