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BYOD and its impact on the small business

According to Gartner, BYOD is one of these phenomena that will change IT in the coming next ten years. Is your business embracing it?

It is common for employees to be dissatisfied with equipment supplied by the company. Not having the best equipment can be demotivating, and for a small business that relies heavily on a few employees, this can be felt acutely. So do you allow employees to bring their own devices? Here are some things to consider.

Productivity

People buy what they like and BYOD allows employees to use devices they already own and like. Furthermore, it's much easier to use one device as opposed to switching between their personal devices and company technology. Also, people are usually highly proficient at their own gadgets, the learning curve is taken care of.

Cost savings

BYOD schemes can save costs. From a small business point of view, this element extends beyond the current cost saving of equipping employees with mobile technology. The rapid changes in technology bring new tools and ways of handling IT challenges in the workplace. No one can tell what the next twelve months will bring. BYOD provides a nearly perfect solution for this.

Increased flexibility

A small business, flexibility is key. When employees are able to work from home, on the road or in the workplace, there are obvious benefits. With a well-managed BYOD infrastructure, employees can more readily juggle between their family, social and work lives while maintaining a high level of productivity.

Security concerns

One of the main concerns of BYOD is security. Managing the changing IT landscape and the security policies that come with BYOD can be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Exercising control over these personal devices on business networks is a nightmare to IT personnel. Fortunately, software tools, like Citrix and MobileIron, exist that allow you to manage logins and implement compliance policies that support remote wipe-offs when devices are stolen or misplaced.

According to Gartner, BYOD is one of these phenomena that will change IT in the coming next ten years. Is your business embracing it?

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