Bring your own device (BYOD) programs have been growing in popularity at enterprises worldwide. As smartphones and tablets become more ubiquitous, more employers are realizing that less company-provided tech is needed as employees are already equipped with personal devices to do their jobs.
But BYOD is not to be undertaken without solid planning. As a wireless mobility management BPO, here are five keys we think you should consider before making a shift to a BYOD model. We used CIO Enterprise Forum and Entrepreneur.com as resources for building this list.
1. How much will you save?
BYOD keeps costs down because employees use the devices they already own—simple right? Not always. A flat reimbursement for service can be set based on an employee's position. But what happens if legitimate business costs exceed the reimbursement? Who pays for that? Warranty/repair costs also need to be controlled. Who is responsible for replacing a lost or broken device?
What if it was lost or broken on a business trip? This has the potential to save your company a lot of money, but it will depend on how much BYOD costs your company to implement. Take a good look at how much money your company will save in the long run and how much the switch will cost, and decide whether the change is cost effective.
2. Are your employees ready?
If you have a staff that is tech-wise and adept at using mobile devices, a BYOD program could work well. Employees will be reliable users, and they will usually be able to update and maintain security on their own devices. However, if much of your staff is behind the curve on mobile technology, BYOD might not be the best solution for your business.
3. How sensitive is your information?
If a single slip-up in data security can mean a crisis for your business, BYOD might not be for you. Although employers using BYOD have some new security tools that are becoming available, having employees on a range of different devices means increased IT expertise is needed across all devices. Plus, the risk of data loss may still be too risky for some businesses.
4. Do your employees want to switch?
Many staffs are happy to switch to a BYOD policy, and in many cases it's even good for morale to allow employees to use their own devices. But if only a few employees want to switch, you may open up security risks, and reimbursement processes that can outweigh the savings.
5. How quickly is your company growing?
If your business is expanding quickly, BYOD may be a great choice. It reduces the cost of new hires and increases the flexibility and integration of remote workplaces. If your business is growing, and well suited to the increasingly mobile working world, BYOD may be a good fit for your enterprise.
Ready to make the switch? Not sure of the value and risks to your company? We can help with all aspects of evaluating and setting up a BYOD program for your business – if it’s right for your organization. Contact us.