The omnipresence of personal devices is changing the way the corporate world works. There was a time when organizations had tight firewalls to block external access and restricted them if they’d backup their work on any external devices or hard drives other than company-issued devices.
Today, organizations are eager to cut costs and exploit the advantage of having connected employees. Such organizations are today putting in place a policy like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
Having a mobile phone to check email was seen as “a class apart kind of thing” for the high-rank officials- Blackberries used to be the privilege symbol. Today, if an organization gives a mobile device, it is probably going to be the second or third gadget that the employee uses, after his personal gadgets.
Most notable among the list of BYOD benefits is the fact that an organization gets high productivity and business flourishes without having to expand incremental expenses. For most organizations, their most significant resource is their workforce, and figuring out how to keep employees connected at all times, even during night-time, is a chance to expand efficiency. BYOD enables organizations to get in touch with employees and also helps them urge employees to stay connected and cater to the needs of the corporate.
In London, half of the councils have failed to implement a Bring Your Own Device policy. A recent research shows that several employees are managing on their own when it comes to BYOD, but companies have failed to put in place a sound BYOD system.
1302 devices are registered across the councils according to a freedom of information request conducted by Ricoh UK. It was found that the Camden Borough had the most number of devices- 423. Waltham Forest ranks second with 331 devices in their name, and the least number of devices was registered for Royal Borough of Greenwich- 5 devices.
‘BYOD schemes allow employees to operate on personal devices of their choice, improving flexibility and inspiring workstyle innovation. This is already happening in many businesses and should be encouraged in local government as part of a wider digital transformation strategy. ‘It’s time for London Councils to assess and consider implementing BYOD policies to help deliver stronger and more effective public services.’ said Chas Moloney, Director, Ricoh UK. He adds- “It’s time for London Councils to assess and consider implementing BYOD policies to help deliver stronger and more effective public services.”
A leading Managed Services Provider conducted a research earlier this year and revealed that a high extent of local authorities in England are yet to actualize a BYOD approach.