The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) office policy is poised to continue its breakout among companies large and small in the near future. Perks like the company not needing to supply employees with mobile devices and employees being able to utilize mobile customization are allowing the trend to grow at a rapid pace. SMB Nation reports that a BYOD environment results in an extra 37 minutes of productivity per employee per week, so the race is on for businesses to develop their own programs and apps for a mobile company system. What else makes BYOD such a great choice for businesses?
An Increasingly Smart World
Forbes magazine concluded the astronomical growth in mobile development (50 percent increase in the past year) means 2013 will be remembered as the “year of the app” as software developers aim to bring together comprehensive mobile systems that can be accessed by any user’s tablet or phone. Only a year ago, these mobility apps could only let a BYOD user access company email and calendars; today, the same user can do anything from access cloud documents to design a new logo with the company app library they can access on their personal platform. Where IT once had to adjust to every new device and every operating system, today you can connect enterprise mobility mobile devices regardless of brands, age and performance.
The rise in all-inclusive BYOD platforms does not mean that a mobile platform should restrict itself strictly to apps. Indeed, writes AppTechNews, some of the biggest stories from mobile enterprise platforms do not involve apps at all, but the push-button features of BYOD platforms serve as an excellent starting point for companies looking to launch mobile networks. A business looking to put its employees on the same digital path can begin by launching apps that combine communications, performance and statistics tracking, company records and requests on every mobile and operating system.
Securing A System
Perhaps the greatest advantage of syncing together a BYOD policy with a mobile platform lies in the comprehensive security features that an IT department can integrate into every user’s tablet or smartphone. Smartphones that become lost or stolen can be locked down and wiped remotely, while company data can be encrypted automatically when it enters and is withdrawn from the cloud. An information security service, such as Lifelock, can provide identity theft protection and data security so businesses can monitor the safety of their information. Companies that risk losing valuable data on physical mobiles, whether this data involves sales information or customer statistics, have better solutions today than at any time in the past when security needed to be individually arranged and updated on each mobile.
Many companies look at enterprise mobility as a means of generating new income. Microsoft’s marketing campaign has tried to pitch enterprise mobility as a means of engaging customers with a mobile, whether by showing a video or using the device as a point of sales, so that your company’s business platform extends past the office. While BYOD has traditionally been seen as a solution for employees, it may soon cross over from a human resources tool to a mechanism for revenue.