What the BYOD Trend Means for Your Company

What the BYOD Trend Means for Your Company

Bring your own... device?

Today, technology and mobile capability are so widespread among business travelers, many corporations are now rushing the "bring your own device" trend. And along with it, the need to implement expense and reimbursement policies that account for employees using their personal devices, instead of company-issued smartphones or tablets. In fact, according to BTN's Mobile Migration Survey, with 34% of companies endorsing a bring-your-own-device environment, it's now becoming more important than ever that businesses are well equipped with a successful mobile plan.

Benefits of BYOD
Supporters of the BYOD trend see the efficiency and convenience that familiar mobile gadgets provide. Many companies have found that using a personal device can boost a company's overall productivity by allowing employees to work where they please. This freedom also translates to reduced operating costs, as fewer employees are requesting company-purchased phones, tables and laptops.

And because the BYOD trend has been gaining in popularity, we've seen specific software created to help merge personal and professional mobile platforms. Programs that combine enterprise mobility management and secure file sharing help to eliminate the need for employees to install applications on their personal devices, while ensuring access to applications can still be managed based on device ownership.

Concerns of the BYOD Trend
As the personal mobile device trend continues to grow, so do the concerns around this new concept, specifically security. The reality is many of these BYO devices are not sanctioned, meaning they aren't approved by company policy. And combining a personal and professional platform introduces a free flow of information, including confidential information that can be detrimental to some businesses. As for managers, the BYOD movement introduces a blurred line; expense management becomes unclear as employees purchase with personal cards and expense through a company device, or vice versa.

The Bottom Line
The question at large for most companies, however, isn't whether to choose between private and corporate devices. It's how to successfully merge the two. Surprisingly, BTN Mobile Migration Survey showed nearly 20% of responding companies do not have any mobile usage policy in place. But, by implementing a mobile BYOD policy, a company can ensure a good degree of security and efficiency by warranting a few important details:
  • Outline of allowed platforms
  • Defined mobile application exceptions
  • A list of approved carriers and appropriate monthly costs
  • Clear understanding of devices and operating systems that are acceptable
  • Continual employee compliance oversight

It's the company's responsibility to provide the right balance of technological autonomy and control. But the most important factor is to ensure a successful BYOD policy that can benefit both businesses and employees alike. To learn more about how Certify can help enforce corporate policy, talk to your dedicated account manager today. Not yet a Certify customer? Contact a representative today and find out more.