The devices we own and use everyday are constantly adding new features and functionality, all the while giving us a more intimate and connected experience.
Beginning with laptops, spreading to smartphones and tablets, and now with wearables (e.g. Apple Watch), many want to use these personal devices in the workplace.
For businesses, allowing these personal devices to connect to their private networks can cause some unavoidable headaches.
So, where to begin?
Bring Your Own Device
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a simple concept where these personal devices are allowed onto business networks in a managed way.
How your business manages these devices is up to the policy and rules you decide.
Workplaces where BYOD succeeds look to balance the interests of the business with those using the network, generally the employees.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools then bring your BYOD plan into effect.
Each MDM tool will have certain capabilities and limitations. Knowing these will inform your business' practical decision-making when it comes to balancing the interests of those involved with your BYOD plan.
This is the first of a series of articles explaining how BYOD works, what it offers your business and why every business should at least come to a decision on personal devices in the workplace.
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