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Technology investments are necessary for any business wanting to keep up with today’s mobile world
However, in a struggling economy, few businesses are able to provide their employees with the latest technology.
This problem has become even more prevalent in recent years, as the speed of innovation has forced companies to replace hardware at a staggering rate.
Thus, business leaders must make an unfortunate choice between spending limited funding on new technology or running the risk of becoming obsolete.
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The good news is there’s a middle ground solution making waves: bring your own device, or BYOD as it is more commonly known.
This system is ideal for companies seeking to establish a hybrid workplace that promotes a continuous flow of ideas.
What Are the Advantages of BYOD?
The main advantage of BYOD is its financial implications.
If employees are allowed to use their own devices in the workplace, the technology budget can quickly be slashed.
An oft-overlooked benefit of BYOD is the creativity and productivity that can flow from having a variety of devices in one room.
Many employees prefer working on their own devices instead of being forced to adapt to systems with which they are unfamiliar.
This increased level of technological comfort could translate to better productivity on the part of your employees.
Are There Concerns for BYODs?
BYOD definitely presents some excellent benefits, but there are a few downsides as well.
Compatibility could be an issue for any company wishing to have all its employees integrated into the same system.
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Security is another major concern — if employees are allowed to bring their work devices home with them, there’s more potential for a security breach.
Issues like security and compatibility must be addressed before any business decides to go the BYOD route.
But, if a clear device policy is established then the problems associated with BYOD can be kept to a minimum.
What is the Best Way to Implement BYOD?
As mentioned above, implementing BYOD will require the development of a thorough technology policy.
Employees need to know which kinds of devices they can bring to work, how much information can be taken home with them and whether they are allowed to access work documents from remote locations.
Security will need to be beefed up as well; with BYOD, the potential for security breaches can rise significantly.
Finally, employees may need some guidance as to how they can use such diverse devices cooperatively in the same environment.
This topic can be addressed at an in-service, during which you can examine rules and regulations for BYOD.
No Better Time Than Now
With many companies exploring the possibilities of the cloud, there’s never been a better time for BYOD.
Whether you have an in-house hybrid solution or host everything in an off-site cloud center, it’s a fairly simple task to allow myriad devices access to your information.
Most major smartphones and tablets support domain networks, letting you carefully set permissions for specific accounts and giving the users their choice of device.
There’s a lot of potential with a bring your own device policy.
With hybridization taking over the workplace, those companies willing to try BYOD just might find themselves ahead of the curve when it comes to business technology.
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Dawn Altnam is a regular contributor to The HRIS World, be sure to see her other articles listed just below.
Dawn lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world.
After furthering her education, she now spends her time researching her interests and blogging her discoveries quite often.
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