We are a society that thrives on our personal and mobile devices—they are no longer additions to our personas, but extensions of them. We are intimately connected to our personal technology. So it makes perfect sense that the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) movement has brought the relationship between personal technology and business technology full circle.
An enterprise BYOD program allows employees to bring their personal computing devices (Smartphones, tablets, etc.) to work in lieu of corporate issued or purchased devices or equipment. Employees sync these devices to their business networks, access company applications and systems via powerful cloud-enabled software, and thus hold the keys to productivity in a singular device.
“The rise of bring your own device (BYOD) programs is the single most radical shift in the economics of client computing for business since PCs invaded the workplace,” according to Gartner, Inc. Simply put, critical information is now available at any time, from any place, and in any manner that we choose to retrieve it and use it.
Can BYOD Really Drive Growth?
According to a recent Trend Micro Survey of corporate decision makers, three-quarters of respondents cited that increased productivity was the primary factor driving BYOD deployment—despite significant security concerns.
The survey also revealed that:
- 70% of firms who deployed BYOD programs achieved increased bottom line revenues
- Device replacement and reimbursement expenses decline, because employees take better care of personally owned devices than corporate owned devices
- More than 80% of enterprises stated that worker productivity increased due to BYOD programs
BYOD has driven innovations in data accessibility and data storage, and runs hand-in-hand with the new age of cloud computing. These simultaneous innovations have reinvented the way companies conduct their everyday operations.
By putting information literally into employees hands, companies large and small can now fully optimize customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and data and financial management. In addition they are able to sync and streamline everyday processes like manufacturing, distribution, and delivery, as well as sales and marketing.
These advances serve to highlight the inevitability of cloud technology in the business sphere. While security continues to be a legitimate concern – and a primary barrier to cloud entry for many organizations – global demand for cloud-based services promises to catalyze improved cloud security.
Our personal devices are helping our businesses flourish, and the BYOD movement has ushered in a boon in bottom line growth: increased employee productivity coupled with decreased costs. It isn’t often that a breakthrough development is able to so decisively drive your business forward. Connect with a us to learn how you can benefit from a BYOD program.