Challenges and Benefits of BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to employees who bring their own computing devices to the workplace and connect to the corporate network. It today’s digital landscape, the consumerization of IT has changed the way businesses operate. As a result, the concept of BYOD has become more popular. This growth is fueled by the introduction of highly developed devices such as smartphones, iPads and tablets. What’s more is, employees today expect to be able to use personal devices at work, which presents a security concern for many IT teams. However, if handled correctly, BYOD can be extremely advantageous to business.

Challenges of BYOD

The biggest drawback of BYOD in the workplace is the security challenges it presents. By providing employees access to their emails, business documentation and other sensitive data, the company risks data breaches, privacy violations and other security risks. Moreover, approximately half of users do not put password protection on their devices. Another problem is that it becomes very difficult for employers to manage and regulate these devices, as opposed to company property. Lastly, personal devices can be more easily lost or stolen than company equipment.

Benefits of BYOD

While the challenges may seem daunting, there are companies out there who embrace BYOD in the workplace. One benefit of BYOD is that the costs associated with the device often shift to the employee. For example, the cost of the device, the data or voice services and hardware expenses becomes the employee’s responsibility. For a small business, this can be a huge advantage over competitors. The second benefit of BYOD is employee satisfaction. By allowing your employees to use devices that they prefer, you are creating a happier and more productive work environment.

Solutions For Your Business

We understand that BYOD is not for everyone. For this reason, we’ve provided some solutions that might work better for your business. First, allow employees to choose their own device from an approved list. This will allow your employees to use their favorite devices, while still maintaining control in the workplace. Secondly, you could try BYOD with limited access. Many companies use a separate wireless network in the office. This will allow employees to use their own devices without threatening the data of the rest of the workplace.

What are your thoughts on BYOD?

Dan is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Kincaid Network Solutions. Connect with him on .

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Utilizing Technology to Increase Business Productivity

Business productivity is something every organization strives for. It represents a organization’s ability to successfully execute a business strategy. Technology allows you to maximize your business productivity. While it provides a cost of doing business, technology also provides an opportunity to do more business. It’s made the business world faster, easier and more reliable. Below are some ways technology came make your business more productive:

Virtual Collaboration

Collaboration is essential to business. With the abundance of free applications like Skype and Google Hangout, staff members can work from remote locations and still collaborate with one another. These cloud-based products provide an easy way to discuss ideas, make decisions and share documents. Screen sharing functions allow you to view your customer’s desktop, which is a huge benefit for technical support. These applications also let you to hold virtual conversations with prospective clients.

Simplify Customer Management

Customer relationship management (CRM) software allows you mine customer data and discover untapped business opportunities. Today’s CRM software is highly scalable and customizable. It allows businesses to gain actionable customer insights to streamline operations and personalize customer service based on the customer’s known history and previous interactions with your business. CRM software is also used to manage business contracts, clients and sales leads.

Increased Access

Virtualized desktops have shown to increase their employees’ productivity levels. For employees that are constantly on-the-go or work from remote locations, virtual desktops will allow them to stay connected and working. In addition, employees can access applications and documents from multiple devices. With the abundance of smartphones, tablets and laptops, employes can have access to important data anywhere. Hence, whether employees are at home or on a plane, a virtualized desktop will allow them to be productive in any environment.

Online Marketing

The Internet can play an important role in marketing your business. Picture your website as an online brochure to communicate with current and potential customers about your business, products and/or services. More robust websites allow customers to make appointments, pay bills, ask questions, and conduct other types of activities. Email marketing and social media can also increase awareness of your brand. As a result, you can successfully engage with all customers, new and old.

Technology has changed our society significantly in the last few years. It affects our businesses and everyday lives, and primarily for the better. While these tips are a great, they are just a few ways technology can benefit your business and increase productivity.

Dan is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Kincaid Network Solutions. Connect with him on .

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