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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device


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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the latest business revolution. BYOD applies to employees bringing their personally-owned mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, into the workplace, using them to access privileged company information, programs and applications. This article describes the risks and advantages and how your organization should handle it.

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

  1. 1. I D E A S T O H E L PG R O W Y O U RB U S I N E S S©Copyright2013.CBIZ,Inc.NYSEListed:CBZ.Allrightsreserved.Your business is experiencing a revolution and youmay not be aware. Even if you are aware, you may beunderestimating its scope and long-term effects onyour business and bottom line.Spawned from cloud computing, this revolution is “BringYour Own Device” (BYOD).BYOD applies to employees bringing their personally-owned mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets andlaptops, into the workplace, using them to access privilegedcompany information, programs and applications.According to Massachusetts-based technologyinformation and consulting firm Forrester, among NorthAmerican and European information workers, 70% of tablets,67% of smart phones and 46% of laptops used in theirwork are personally-chosen devices. That is, employees buywhatever device they want and use it for work.Forrester reports that, because of this growingtrend, 60% of companies in North America and Europeare developing BYOD programs to integrate and supportemployee-owned devices.Should you embrace a BYOD program in your business?Here are a few things to consider:Risks• Security. Keeping sensitive and confidential informationsecure is not a small endeavor. Increasing accessrequires increasing security. And, what happens toa personal device that’s lost or stolen? There aresolutions, but they must be in place from the get-go.• When a business issues a device, it can set the terms ofuse as to what internet content can be accessed and soforth. This is not so much the case with an employee’spersonal device, leaving it more open to viruses.• Not every personal device can be integrated.Technologies are so numerous and fractured thatone Android-based smart phone, for example, can beintegrated and another cannot.• In sales- and service-based businesses it is possiblecustomers have employees’ personal phone numbers.If the employee separates from your company, thosecustomers may be lost.• Your IT department may find itself spending valuabletime addressing non-business-related issues asemployees try to avoid contacting a device’s help centerfor routine troubleshooting.Obviously, plenty can go wrong; however, for manybusinesses there are significant advantages to be had.Advantages• Reduced hardware expenses. Device costs are shiftedfrom your business to the employee. Even if yourcompany subsidizes the device’s original cost, theemployee is responsible if it’s lost, stolen or needsrepairs. Your business doesn’t need to maintainreplacement inventory or parts.• Your IT department will still be busy; however, it shouldbe less so, meaning some IT resources can be allocatedto other areas.• Increased productivity. Not only do people work moreefficiently on devices with which they are familiar;they also have the ability to work on a more flexibletimetable. Using personal devices will also reduce thelearning curve of new hires.• Because new technologies historically reach consumersbefore being accepted by businesses (the iPad, forexample) technological advances will be introduced intothe workplace more quickly.The RealityIn reality, depending on the size of your organization, youmay already have dozens or thousands of employee devicesaccessing company information. As a result, sooner or later,your business will probably have to deal with BYOD, if ithasn’t already.Your business and bottom line will be better served ifyou proceed in an organized way. However, don’t be blindedby the promise of cost savings from workers providing theirown devices. Without proper planning and the appropriatepolicies in place, the potential risks outweigh the potentialbenefits.our business is growing yoursManagement PerformanceBYOD: The Latest Business RevolutionArticle reprinted from Summer 2013GROWTHBIZS T R A T E G I E SROBERT CINICBIZ MHM, LLC • Boca Raton, FL561.922.6099 •