BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is more than a trend these days, it has become an integral part of the IT work culture and is sort of encouraged by many companies across the globe.
The term BYOD was first used in 2009, but as a trend it picked up after 2011 and now, with smartphones, tablets etc becoming an integral part of our day-to-day existence, BYOD is a global phenomenon of sorts. It’s no less than a way of life for employees who like bringing their own device to work. Companies too are promoting and encouraging BYOD as it has its own pluses, in today’s competition-driven scenario.
Here’s a look at how the Bring Your Own Device trend benefits companies.
How organizations adapt to the BYOD scenario?
Since it’s almost a way of life for organizational employees to bring personal devices to work or work on the move or from home using personal devices, it has become mandatory for organizations to adapt to the new scenario. They have to change policies and strategies and re-plan their infrastructure in accordance with the demands that arise out of having BYOD as part of their work culture. So, how can things be planned in the new, BYOD-induced scenario? Well, there are three ways in which this can be approached.
1. The IT department of an organization could choose not to be too concerned about the ownership of the BYOD device, service etc. Thus while the employee who brings in a device and uses it to work and access enterprise data is considered the owner, it sometimes causes confusions as regards the data and applications on the BYOD device(s) in question. A 2014 Texas case related to one Saman Rajaee who worked for Design Tech Homes (a privately held, family-owned company) is an example of such an instance. When Saman Rajaee, who used his iPhone for his job (he had worked as a Houston-area salesman for the company), resigned from the company, Design Tech Homes’ Network Administrator remotely wiped Rajaee’s phone, restoring it to factory settings and in the process deleting all data in it- both personal and work related. Eventually, Saman Rajaee sued Design Tech Homes. Not having proper BYOD policies causes such issues.
2. The second option is to adapt in the best way to the current scenario, when BYOD has become a globally accepted trend. To adapt to this scenario in the most effective of manners, it would be ideal for a company to have a proper and well-planned BYOD policy in place. Such a policy, it has to be noted, would have to be totally different from the existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) policies since the traditional MDM policies may not be enough to fulfill the demands of the BYOD culture.
3. The third option, which would seem easiest to some organizations, is to decide not to be BYOD-friendly and prohibit usage of any personal device within the organizational set-up. This might be good as regards the security of the company and enterprise data, but in the present situation, when competition is rife in the global market, discouraging BYOD and deciding not to reap the benefits that the Bring Your Own Device trend bestows upon a company wouldn’t be an easy thing for any entrepreneur.
Well, it’s for each entrepreneur and each company and the IT department within every organization, to decide how to go about this. But there is no denying that BYOD is here to stay, as one of the most accepted trends within organizational set-ups of today.