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If You’re Migrating to BYOD, Make Sure it’s a Team Effort

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Many companies provide cell phones, tablets, or laptops to their employees in order to provide them the quickest means to complete their work tasks and maintain communication with teams of people throughout the company.  Studies show that people would prefer to have choices when choosing their own devices, which has inspired the development of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program.

According to “4 Steps To Build A BYOD Business Case,” Forrester analyst Michele Pelino suggests that transitioning to a BYOD plan requires close collaboration between infrastructure and operations teams and line-of-business decision makers, as well as a long-term plan that details desired goals and outcomes.

There is a cost- to-benefit ratio to evaluate when deciding to implement a BYOD program, as well as how this type of program can impact corporate goals and each specific department within your company.  Plus, letting every employee bring in their own phone, tablet, or computer can create a major headache for your IT department and could cost more in the long run.  Here are a few things to consider when evaluating a BYOD program for your company.

  1. Which devices can you allow or limit:  Each person will need to access work data from their Smartphone, tablet, or laptop.  Not all devices are fully compatible with enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) software, or other specialty software programs.  Your IT department can determine which devices can be used with your corporate software and which should be avoided.
  2. Costs for using personal devices:  You will need various infrastructure hardware and software to manage connections to your network.  Each network connect could burden wireless capabilities which would reduce productivity.  Mobile device management and security will need to protect your corporate data on every personal device.  Your IT department or software providers should be able to provide a list of infrastructure costs.  Also, some companies may choose to pay your employee a stipend for using their personal devices which could save money from providing them with a company-owned device.
  3. Who is including in the BYOD program:  A BYOD program might not be appropriate for every department or everyone, so be sure to get each department involved in the early evaluation stages.  A BYOD program doesn’t need to encompass every employee. You might limit personal devices to upper management or sales teams.  Employees who are unsure about using their personal devices or find security to be too intrusive may not be comfortable with the program and reduce the positive impacts that a BYOD program can offer.

Employees may find it easier to complete job tasks on a personal device because they can operate fully.  Also, they have the flexibility to complete tasks when out of the office or outside of normal business hours.  More productive employees are more profitable employees and there is a real cost benefit that can be realized.  Contact OmniVue for more information about implementing a successful BYOD program: http://www.omnivue.net/contact/.

By OmniVue, Georgia Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM Partner

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