BYOD is the biggest trend to hit the office since the rise of the desktop computer, no matter whether your business is large or small. BYOD is not just employees using their own devices at work – it encompasses much more. With everyone owning multiple internet-connected devices, along with the rise of public Wi-Fi, and social media becoming an integral part of people’s day-to-day lives, collaboration and co-working has become much more involved and much simpler.
BYOD isn’t a planned IT revolution.
Its rise to prominence has simply been through the proliferation of mobile devices brought into the workplace. When Apple released the iPad back in January 2010, it was not considered to be a work tool. It was designed and promoted to consumers for content consumption – used for watching music videos, playing games, and listening to music. However, it was quickly taken up by the business community with developers working on a variety of software programs from word programs and spreadsheets through to apps for signing documents and more.
IPads can now be found in many business environments.
It’s not just the rise of the iPads.People are choosing to use their own devices across all aspects of the business community and in all sectors. Healthcare, insurance, manufacturing – all transformed by people having access to information wherever, whenever.
The Blurring Lines between Home and Work
In today’s connected world, people don’t go into work – it’s an activity that they do. With remote access to corporate online environments through VPNs, employees now have the flexibility to work from home, for a cafe, from the road.
The BYOD business community don’t want to be in their office from morning until night. They want to be able to use their own gadgets, whether iPhone, iPad or Android device. Employers don’t have to provide a desktop anymore – the employee often has something better, faster and more effective of their own that they already know how to use either at home or in their pocket.
The changing perception
At first, BYOD seemed to be a headache for IT departments.There were security issues, problems with scalability, and support problems for the plethora of devices. However, the devices which were once thought to be a pain to deal with suddenly became tools that improved productivity and boosted team morale.
Now many IT departments have less restrictive policies when it comes to BYOD, giving employees the ability to use their own devices to access the corporate IT network. This added convenience is not just good for employees – it’s good for businesses too. BYOD means people work when they are at home or when they are travelling to and from the office.
With many people choosing to work flexible hours or from out of the office, businesses need to come up with sensible and non-restrictive BYOD policies. This will help to encourage employees to come up with innovative ways to use their own devices, giving the companies that they work for a more competitive edge.