BYOD Movement Requires Management, Not Resistance: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-06-03 Print this article Print

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is now an irresistible force that has actually made an impact on the vast majority of companies in one fashion or another. Most enterprises have recognized that they have to find ways to manage the movement because there is no way to stop it. In some cases, BYOD policies allow for employees to use whatever products they want and use any applications they prefer. In other implementations, the IT side strictly controls BYOD with certain parameters on which products can and cannot be brought into the office. In either case, BYOD is here, and it's here to stay. It's time for companies to look at how they can work effectively with the movement. Although there are inherent security concerns with BYOD and the chances of actually having employees adhere to policies at all times are slim, companies have no choice but to try. The sooner the companies get in on the BYOD movement, the better. There's simply no time to waste fighting it. This slide show analyzes what companies need to do to get in on the BYOD movement so that it can actually deliver benefits.

  • BYOD Movement Requires Management, Not Resistance: 10 Reasons Why

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - BYOD Movement Requires Management, Not Resistance: 10 Reasons Why
  • The iPhone Is Relatively Secure

    Apple's iPhone is one of the most popular devices employees are bringing into the office. Although some companies have been less than willing to support the smartphone, IT decision-makers should realize that the iPhone is relatively secure and runs many apps that can be used effectively in business.
    2 - The iPhone Is Relatively Secure
  • The iPad Is Secure, Too

    IT decision-makers should also see value in Apple's iPad. Another popular product for BYOD'ers, the device is capable of being monitored through remote device management, and with some help from Apple's software development kit, companies can create their own programs for the device. It's a win-win.
    3 - The iPad Is Secure, Too
  • It's All About Productivity

    When it comes time to evaluate the BYOD possibilities for a company, it's important to consider productivity. And as much as companies have resisted it, they've found that consumer-focused products, like the iPhone and like the Samsung Galaxy S4, actually make people more productive than former business favorites, like the BlackBerry. Why? It's all about the software, the advanced features and the touch screen. The devices are intuitive. And intuitive devices make it much simpler to complete tasks.
    4 - It's All About Productivity
  • Remember the Apps

    The number of corporate-friendly mobile applications available to companies today is astounding. From productivity apps to simple programs that handle something like a to-do list, there are programs out there for everyone. And companies can benefit greatly from that.
    5 - Remember the Apps
  • It Helps Constrained Budgets

    Although a recovery is going on, companies are still being negatively affected by constrained budgets. So, IT decision-makers need to push off plans to buy new products or invest in new software. By allowing employees to bring their own devices into the office, the cost of buying those handsets and computers drops. And in turn, more of the budget can be used on security products and infrastructure. Nice.
    6 - It Helps Constrained Budgets
  • It's Happening, Anyway

    Corporate managers who believe that employees aren't already using their personal devices for work are kidding themselves. Employees are accessing corporate emails from their personal devices, they're logging into cloud services from home, and they couldn't care less if the IT side knows about it. So, why fight it? It's easier to control the behavior by allowing it than turning a blind eye to it by banning it.
    7 - It's Happening, Anyway
  • It's All About Android Security

    For many CIOs and IT decision-makers, the issue with running an Android device is that the operating system has been hit hard with security exploits. It appears that those security woes will only increase in the coming years. But it's the same issue that companies had been facing all those years with Windows. The malware creators have turned their attention to mobile devices, and Android has become the target of choice. Now companies need to adapt.
    8 - It's All About Android Security
  • Control Really Is Possible

    It's also important to keep in mind that it is possible to impose sensible management controls in a BYOD-ready company. For instance, companies can require that certain security software must be added to devices brought into the space. With remote device management, monitoring mobile usage is simple and effective. Control isn't gone in a BYOD environment. Remember that.
    9 - Control Really Is Possible
  • The Competitors Are Already Doing It

    As noted, the vast majority of companies around the globe are adopting a BYOD strategy in some form or another. So it doesn't make much sense for those teetering on the brink of plunging into the trend to hold off any longer. BYOD is the future. And it's about time everyone acknowledges that.
    10 - The Competitors Are Already Doing It
  • Smartphones Are Delivering More Enterprise-Friendly Features

    Smartphones as they were once known are no longer the same. Vendors such as Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola are all realizing that companies are more willing to accept new handsets, and they're bundling more enterprise-friendly features into their products because of it. Believe it or not, smartphones aren't the place security goes to die in the enterprise. Nowadays, smartphones hold up quite well.
    11 - Smartphones Are Delivering More Enterprise-Friendly Features

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