Bring your Own Device (BYOD) - The Pros and Cons

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new trend amongst businesses that is rapidly increasing. Instead of businesses supplying company phones, tablets, and laptops, employees are allowed to use their own devices for making business calls or accessing corporate resources.
According to Trend Micro, almost 60% of the organisations they questioned (March 2012) were in the process of implementing or had already implemented BYOD for employee smartphones. There are also variations of this trend, including Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA), Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC), and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD), which lets employees choose one of the business supported devices that are also available for personal use.
However Misco News reports that, while most IT managers believe it’s good for employee productivity and costs, employees believe the full benefits won’t be reaped until companies “address bandwidth demands and lack of Wi-Fi coverage.” They go on to report that, “according to research conducted on behalf of BT and Cisco, 84% of enterprises around the world have seen bandwidth demand rise significantly as a result of smart devices use.”
Weighing on the debate is Ian Hilton, a telecoms expert who is the director of Lancashire-based telecommunications company TechAdvance.
Ian commented: “BYOD is a shift in the way employees use technology that’s here to stay and gathering momentum at present. It’s of greater to concern to larger companies with a bigger mobile workforce and more remote workers wishing to use their own devices to work with.”
“The most significant impact on the telecoms industry is that we are seeing an increase in companies looking for the best SIM-only business mobile contract deals. Long gone are the days of getting a free mobile for everyone at work when the contract is up for renewal.”
“Nowadays mobile contracts are taken on 24 month terms with the cost of a decent smartphone coming in at above £400 per unit, and businesses are looking to reduce their monthly mobile operating costs rather than increase the per-user cost to cover the cost of a new smartphone for everyone.”
“Indeed we have developed our proposition to include some great SIM-only business contract deals working in partnership with O2, leaving the end user free to use the SIMs in their existing devices, or invest in new devices separately and enjoy the benefit of lower monthly costs.”
“Further to the above we are seeing businesses looking beyond the standard basic broadband Internet connectivity to fibre optic broadband or ethernet first mile connectivity for their sites where possible, to provide better connectivity in the workplace.”

on August 31, 2013