BYOD offers a wide range benefits for businesses. Costs can be reducing, security boosted and employee satisfaction may jump –but not all benefits will be tangible. A managed BYOD program will offer the best chance at making these potential benefits a reality.
1. Reduced IT Costs
As more employees take up BYOD, there is increased opportunity for IT savings. Device subsidies are often used to transition a business from employer-supplied devices to BYOD. In many cases these also include covering ongoing service fees, particularly for mobile device plans. These policies may change over time and will heavily factor in the economic viability of your business' BYOD program.
2. Increased Security
Security and BYOD is about risk management. Finding the balance between allowing a diverse range of devices and keeping your business networks and data secure is vital. But this isn’t to say having BYOD increases any risk to your business. Many employees may already bring their unregulated devices into the workplace and on your network, BYOD offers an opportunity to regulate them.
3. Employees Benefit
BYOD programs are often planned with employee satisfaction as a key target. They stand to gain from using a device of their choice, something they are familiar with and often the latest technology – upgrades can occur much faster than employer upgrade-cycles. Salary sacrificing may also be an option, allowing employees to save money themselves. BYOD also allows employees to reduce the number of devices they carry day-to-day, particularly with mobile phones.
4. Unparalleled Familiarity
Having the right tools are essential to boost productivity and create innovation in your business. With employees using devices of their choice, they are more likely to understand the devices they use. This can lead to employees being able to troubleshoot minor issues on more occasions, reducing the burden on IT support.
Not all benefits of BYOD are easy to grasp and each business may have different priorities. Some may see the ability for employees to seamlessly use their own devices wherever they are as paramount to any other issue.
This article is part of our ongoing series on BYOD. See our previous post on getting started with BYOD or get the bigger picture with our Beginner’s Guide below.
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