Should Your Company Adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy?

In recent years, an increased number of organizations have willingly or unwillingly adopted a bring-your-own-device policy. Two of the main catalysts driving this bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend are:

  • The need to keep employees satisfied and drive their productivity through the use of latest technology
  • The need to reduce mobile expenses

Some experts view this BYOD trend as one of the many manifestations of the consumerization of Information Technology. They say that the consumerization of IT has stimulated a global trend in which the main catalyst behind the adoption of technologies in businesses, especially SMBs, is consumer preference rather than corporate initiative. But the proponents of BYOD also present strong arguments in support of their claim that a bring-your-own-device policy is the answer to some of the major problems facing most SMBs—problems such as low employee satisfaction, low employee productivity, etc.

Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of BYOD. Doing so might help you decide if a bring-your-own-device policy is favourable for your business.

 

Pros:

  • SMBs can save a considerable amount of money on high-end devices that usually cost a bomb. They can exploit the latest technology without spending a dime.
  • Employees feel more comfortable using their own devices. They can choose the technology they like best, instead of being restricted by the technology chosen by their employer.
  • Employees stay happy and satisfied, which increases their productivity and efficiency manifold.

 

Cons:

  • Employees use their personal devices to access privileged company resources such as file servers and databases. If not properly managed and monitored, BYOD can result in data breaches. At times, these breaches may be of astronomical proportions.
  • Tracking and controlling access to their corporate networks can be a great hassle for SMBs. Doing so may also require additional costs.
  • Employers may find it a bit difficult to define and enforce an acceptable use policy on devices that are the property of the employees and are exclusively managed by them. But this issue is only faced by businesses following compliancy rules.

 

There is no denying that the many of SMBs have adopted a bring-your-own-device policy, or at least adopted BYOD to some extent. But it’s still your decision whether you want to follow suit or not.

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