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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

How inTechnology can help in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become one of the most influential trends finding its place in most large and small organisations across the world.

The concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) means much more than its usual definition of an employee paying for their own devices that they can use at work. The term has come to define a megatrend occurring in IT that requires sweeping changes to the way devices are used and managed in the workplace.

Organisations find their employees, from executives to junior new hires, excited by the productivity potential they see in their lives away from the enterprise, as consumers. Social networking, high-speed Wi-Fi access and highly-capable new smartphones allow them to communicate and collaborate in ways that could not be imagined just a few short years ago.

Understanding BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

BYOD can be placed under the category of an accidental trend rather than a well thought about IT revolution. For example when Apple introduced the iPad in January 2010, they did not see the iPad as being a business product. In fact it was pointed out that the iPad was designed for consumers and its focus was on content consumption. Apple emphasised its use for browsing, watching videos and listening to music. However soon after the iPad was released, software developers started creating productivity tools and consumers started using them both at home and at work and the iPad is quickly becoming a serious business tool.

The concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become the much talked about consumerisation of IT. In the past IT directors purchased PCs in huge quantities and got important service and support agreements as a part of their purchases and would then add their own security and corporate firewalls to keep the companies information safe and secure.

This has now all changed!
Over the last few years, business users started buying their own PCs, Macs or smartphones and then taking them to their IT directors and asking them to add corporate services to them so they could use their own consumer-driven products at work. After all, we’ve seen an influx of advanced new smart devices that are bought with both personal and business uses in mind, which in turn has resulted in the blurring of lines between personal time and work time.

How BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is merging of work and personal time

In today’s world, work has become an activity that people do and not a place to which they go. Extended connectivity through mobile and remote access to the corporate network gives employees tremendous flexibility and increased productivity and hence blurring the line between work time and personal time.

Today’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workforce want to marry corporate computing with their personal tech gadgets, such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Previously, employers provided desktop and laptop computers that were typically the most advanced tools to which an employee had access. With the explosion in consumer devices, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and others, employees typically have some of the most advanced productivity tools being used in their personal lives. Hence the thought of using the same tools to improve their performance at work was a natural outcome.

Initially many IT departments rejected the BYOD idea, citing security reasons and the inability to scale to approve and support more than a small handful of devices. But the persistence of end-users demanding to leverage their tablet computers and smartphones to extend their productivity (even if they had to purchase the devices themselves) has led many IT departments to adopt less restrictive policies, allowing employees basic connectivity or, increasingly, full access to the IT network and corporate applications.

What inTechnology is doing to help you in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) arena

We understand the challenges that enterprises are facing in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world and as such we have aligned ourselves with a number of leading vendors from across the globe focus specifically within the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) space.

We have always been at the forefront of our fast changing industry distributing technology to help enterprises of all sizes deal with their complex IT requirements and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is no different.