BYOD series: Why implement BYOD?

Undoubtedly one of the biggest benefits of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an increase in productivity.

During a recent Computing web seminar, Stuart Dommett from Intel Corporation spoke about the 18,000 personal devices and phones on their network.  Their initiative was driven by productivity and employee flexibility.  The statistics are compelling.  The outcome of implementing BYOD was an average saving of 47 minutes per person per day.  That is a great saving in anyone’s day.  What could you do with an extra 47 minutes?  But when you multiple this saving by all of those impacted by BYOD, every day Intel Corporation creates an extra 588 days of work by encouraging people to use their own technology.

Other benefits of BYOD include:

–          enabling flexible working, creating a better work/life balance

–          increasing employee satisfaction

–          improving responsiveness to clients

–          reducing capital expenditure and lowering training and maintenance costs

–          increasing collaboration and the flow of information with colleagues

–          reaching out to customers on social media sites

–          helping the organisation as a whole to become more agile

In the same Computing web seminar, the audience were asked “what do you think is the biggest potential benefit to your organisation of BYOD?”  The number one response was “attracting and retaining tech-savvy staff”.  This scored higher than any savings on technology such as reducing the burden of upgrades and maintenance and cost savings on software and operating systems licensing.  And the senior managers of our businesses are going to be the graduates of today, who are tech-savvy digital natives.  Can you afford not to offer BYOD?

By 2014, some 80% of professionals will use at least two personal devices to access corporate systems and data, according to Gartner research.  Implementing a BYOD strategy is not without its challenges.  In next week’s blog we will consider the key issues to consider when implementing a BYOD strategy.

Other blogs in this BYOD series:

What is BYOD?

Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2013

Susie May


5 thoughts on “BYOD series: Why implement BYOD?

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  4. While BYOD certainly has its benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that for all those benefits BYOD is without a doubt not the right mobile strategy for every employee in every organization. For that matter, BYOD might not be the right approach for some organizations altogether. After all, BYOD does involve relinquishing at least some control over the devices connecting to corporate networks, resources and data. As always, there are some concerns when relinquishing any such control. However, as a Symantec employee I firmly believe that most organizations can overcome the potential hazards by using the right combination of policies and technology, such as mobile application management (MAM) to protect a company’s apps and sensitive information that is often found on BYOD devices.

    Spencer Parkinson

    • Thanks for your comment Spencer. I agree that BYOD might not be the right mobile strategy for every employee in every organisation. That’s why I believe organisations must clearly set out their strategy and communicate it well. I also believe that most organisations can overome the potential hazards but I think they need another ingredient as well as policies and technology – communication. There are three more blogs in this series, which look at implementation, the last of which looks at communication.

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