Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) by Sohag Sarkar

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Bring your own device (BYOD) is a contemporary buzz word within new age enterprises that are looking forward to keep pace with the change in employee’s lifestyle of “being mobile” and “being connected
though one or more mobile devices”.

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) by Sohag Sarkar

  1. 1. BYOD: The Makeshift Technology forProfessional & Personal LifestyleBySohag SarkarOverviewBring your own device (BYOD) is a contemporary buzz word within new age enterprises that are lookingforward to keep pace with the change in employee’s lifestyle of “being mobile” and “being connectedthough one or more mobile devices”. It describes the policy of permitting employees to bring personallyowned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their place of work and use those devicesto access privileged company information and applications. Bring your own Technology (BYOT) is asimilar terms used in this context. In India, 50% of the employees are designated as mobile workforce i.e.they are working away from a traditional office setup; while a whopping 60% bring a mobile device forwork. The average number of mobile device per employee is on the rise; and expected to be more than 3by 2014. Adoption of BYOD would be one critical factor to add further fillip to this growth.Understanding the BYOD Business DriversTo understand the present as well as future adoption of BYOD within an enterprise, one must introspectinto its key business drivers. BYOD offers promising value to both employee as well as employer: Enhanced User Experience & Productivity: BYOD adds flexibility and convenience to anemployee who can respond to work requests beyond office space and time using any of theavailable modes of communication. Collaboration & Mobility: Employees are enabled to collaborate in real time using data serviceor applications over their mobile devices. Virtualization technology provides ubiquitous(anywhere, anytime) connectivity to corporate data, while innovative mobile apps providecollaborative ways of working with internal as well as external employees or clients. Satisfaction: BYOD is increasingly being seen as a retention tool as higher employeesatisfaction is being reflected by the employees given the flexibility and the freedom provided bythe technology. Employee stickiness increases as they consider their organization as ahead ofthe curve when it comes to technology adoption and implementation. IT Cost Optimization: The considerable IT Cost saving is one of the prominent business casesfor BYOD; thus optimizing the burden of asset procurement, maintenance, upgrade or
  2. 2. enhancement. A one-time infrastructure cost mitigates the periodic capital as well as operationalcosts.BYOD Adoption Challenges & Implementation StrategyBYOD has multifaceted benefits; however the biggest predicament faced by organizations today is theconsiderable challenges in protecting data, ensuring security and adherence to Industry as well ascompany’s regulations. Another emerging concern for BYOD adoption is the lack of systems compatibility.With a myriad of mobile devices along with existing legacy systems, there is bound to be concern aroundintegration and support.To implement BYOD, an organization should first factor in the nature of the business and industry inwhich it operates so as to define how it can stay compliant, especially on data security and privacy areas.It should also specify the kind of devices, user roles/segments. Access & IT infrastructure requirement tosupport the organization’s business needs. A middle path between employee flexibility and organizationcontrol should be chosen for successful BYOD implementation.ConclusionThe line between personal and professional life continues to blur. Organizations are looking at nextgeneration technologies to extend their data and network while adopting an “inclusive approach” ratherthan the traditional “closed & controlled” environment. The phenomenal growth in the mobile subscriberbase within the country together with the ever increasing penetration of smart mobile devices woulddefine the path forward for collaborative and innovative technologies like BYOD; which is defining a win-win proposition for employees as well as employers.

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