BYOD series: How do we implement BYOD? Steps 1 and 2

Implementing any strategy follows four simple steps.

1)      Where are we now?
2)      Where do we want to be?
3)      How will we get there?
4)      How will we know we have arrived?

1)      Where are we now?

When answering the question, how should a business implement bring your own device (BYOD), it is worth thinking about the status quo first.

Where do you currently sit regarding BYOD? Do you deny, allow or encourage BYOD? Or are you supplying your people with devices such as ipads? Paint a picture of the current BYOD status in your organisation. Is BYOD the right strategy for your organisation?

Once you have decided you’d like to consider BYOD, the first challenge is visibility, which means discovering all of the devices on your network.  And whilst technology is the focus of this discussion the policy and communication around BYOD are of paramount important when it comes to implementation.  What policies do you currently have – are they out of date and do they make sense?  How well equipped is your help desk to deal with BYOD enquiries?  If you want to be really thorough then conduct a survey and find out about current opinions around BYOD in your organisation.

  • What do your people think about BYOD and what do they want?
  • Which devices are on your network?
  • How do you grant access, to what information and via which devices?
  • What’s your policy around BYOD?
  • How do you communicate that policy?

You can only work out your BYOD journey if you know where you are starting from.

2)      Where do we want to be?

Get a vision.  Think about where you want to be in the next few months as well as keeping an eye on the years to come.

Whilst you might not be able to predict all of the technologies you will be using in a few years, you can be certain that pressure to implement a basic BYOD strategy will increase.  What systems and information do people need to be able to access?  How many devices do you think your teams would ideally like to use?  Ask your people.  Include them in the solution.  By getting your teams to create the policy, they are far more likely to respect it, follow it and indeed police it.  It is paramount that the IT team is involved.  Make sure there are some users too.  And remember that you are likely to need a few digital natives in the team.

Paint a picture of what you want your BYOD strategy to look like.

  • How will people be working in a few months and years?
  • Who in your organisation is likely to have a job role impacted by BYOD?
  • How many people and will be using how many devices?
  • What devices do you want to be able to access what?
  • Which systems will be used to access which information?

You are more likely to arrive at your BYOD preferred destination if you know where you are going.

The next blog will include steps three and four and the final blog in this series will focus on how to communicate your BYOD strategy (the key to successful implementation).

Other blogs in this BYOD series:

What is BYOD?

Why implement BYOD?

Susie May


2 thoughts on “BYOD series: How do we implement BYOD? Steps 1 and 2

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