If your organization doesn’t have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy than congratulations for being incredibly late the party. The implications of BYOD on enterprise technology, whether audiovisual, network bandwidth, security measures or repair and support are vast and often not appropriately considered within the overall enterprise technology plan.
Affordable, user friendly, technology is widely available. Users often feel more comfortable conducting business from their own devices, whether it’s their iPhone they send corporate email from, or a tablet they use to take notes, or work on files with sensitive information, users are putting corporate security at risk for organizations who haven’t fully thought through the BOYD revolution.
Additionally, for technology managers like myself who focus on the audiovisual aspects of an organizations technology plan, considering the weight of BYOD in presentation system design is incredibly important. Unfortunately, with the wide variety of technology available to consumers, there isn’t a standard for display connections, standard resolutions, digital signal paths; so on and so forth.
Yes, BYOD allows employees to be more agile; to perform work away from their traditional desktops. But failure to create and maintain strict adherence to a BYOD policy can spell doom for any organization’s technology plan. A proper BYOD plan should consider all relevant factors, including the most important X-factor in any corporate setting: the end user. A rock-solid BYOD strategy employs representatives from key areas within a company, here’s a brief overview
- Legal– a move to BYOD can bring up a number of potential employment and contractual issues.
- Accounting/Finance– members will need to perform costing projections to see if BYOD is the most cost effective solution
- IT– the network team will need to consider remote access, security and most importantly the affect on software licensing
- Sales Teams- I can all but guarantee somewhere, within any organization that has a sales team, someone has made a sale using their own cell phone, or iPad. These can be important users to have as allies, and their input can be incredibly important.