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BLOG: To BYOD or not to BYOD

Stuart Driver | Oct. 8, 2012
Three compelling reasons why organisations must consider embracing BYOD.

The days of organisations mandating what devices employees can use are over. Today's digital natives are demanding that their organisations allow them to bring their own gadgets, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, to the workplace. Born and bred in the Internet generation, they consider access from any device and to any data or app, as their right and not a privilege. The consumerisation of IT is an unstoppable trend, and would, in due course, be reflected as a priority for employees, when seeking employment. Organisations would have to embrace these new realities in order to attract talent, which is instrumental in infusing innovation into an organisation.

Beyond digital natives, a recent study by IDC revealed that the top two groups driving support for non-standard devices are VPs/Directors and the C-Suite. Independently conducted by Vanson Bourne, the Citrix Workplace of the Future report showed that in Southeast Asia, the IT department as well as C-level executives have contributed to the push for formal Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives. By 2014, the majority of organisations (73 percent) in Singapore are using or plan to use BYOD initiatives to manage the growing number of devices that people use to access the corporate network, demonstrating that support for non-standard devices in the workplace is going mainstream.  

Additionally, 62 percent of organisations which are using or planning to implement BYOD initiatives cite the demand for increased worker mobility as a key reason driving their organisation towards formal BYOD policies. Organisations may be open to granting employee requests, but every new device that is allowed onto a corporate network presents itself as a potential security risk and a management challenge. Organisations want the ability to provide access to business resources anytime, anywhere, while protecting sensitive information and without compromising on security.

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets entering the enterprise, coupled with an increased demand for real-time access to enterprise information and applications via these devices, the ability to successfully walk this tightrope is a significant priority for CIOs today. The way to overcome these challenges is through an effective troika of policy, technology and systems that can help organisations reap the benefits of this powerful trend. Here are three compelling reasons why organisations must consider embracing BYOD.

1. Reduce costs. Having people pay part or all of the cost of various devices used for work gets IT out of the rigmarole of procuring and maintaining an ever-increasing host of hardware. Additionally, technologies, such as desktop virtualisation and enterprise mobility management (EMM), when deployed for BYOD, enable access to all necessary apps and data. These solutions also infuse efficiencies into BYOD programmes by enabling laptop replacement policies, yielding significant savings for IT. Employees participating in a BYOD programme are also provided financial aid for the cost of devices.


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