What is BYOD?

 

Whilst we may be familiar with BYOB on a party invite, the concept is the same. 

 

‘BYOD’ stands for ‘Bring Your Own Device’. Increasingly in industry and business, this is becoming the norm.   BYOD was common practice long before it was given a voguish label.  It was really born out of necessity by SMEs who weren’t in a position to buy employees their own devices, and therefore encouraged them to use their own on the understanding they’d reimburse the expenses.

 

By permitting employees to use these devices for work purposes, a small business can really drive efficiency, productivity, and mobility, while also appearing to outsiders as being technologically cutting edge.

 

BYOD allows small businesses to get the most out of their employees, particularly when combined with cloud computing services such as Software as a Service (SaaS). Employees can perform work-related duties anytime, anywhere and from any location, and since the devices are owned by the employees it really is a case of “it’s not where you work, but what you do”.

 

With more and more small businesses using home workers, cloud computing and BYOD can provide secure out of office access to company projects that allow small businesses to innovate more competitively within their industries.

 

There are lots more benefits…

  • Less time/cost of training because employees are familiar with their own devices
  • Users are responsible for maintenance & upkeep of their  devices, not the business
  • Businesses with BYOD programs are more attractive to top talent, and the flexibility it affords helps businesses retain their most valuable employees

 

… But there are some challenges too, businesses needs to have policies in place that deal with the following:

 

  • Lost or stolen devices
  • Contingency plans for managing broken or failed devices
  • Security and protection of company data stored on personal-use devices
  • Collaboration and compatibility issues, for example, an Android business app that is not available for iPhone

 

BYOD is here to stay, as mobile employees learn to manage that work/life balance the ranks of the mobile workforce will continue to rise, flexible working will become the norm, as well as longer workdays and hyper connectivity.  Looks like BYOD brings something to the party too!

 

Big Little Fish offer a portfolio of Cloud services for the SMEs.