Tons of small businesses are throwing BYOD parties. Do you want to Party?
BYOD refers to “bring your own device,” an emerging trend in technology where people bring their own devices to companies, organizations and events, and use them to do their work. This new trend is VERY HOT. Smokin’ hot. Here are a few key findings:
- 89% of worldwide IT departments support some form of BYOD.
- 69% of global IT leaders think the benefits of BYOD are positive.
- 51% of workers use their personal smartphones as their BYOD device, 44% use their laptops or ultra-books, and 31% use tablets.
And just like any really great party, this one can be a blast as long as you have good security. In fact, that’s the real catch to making BYOD work for an organization – Mobile Device Management (MDM). You’re weighing gains in productivity and potential reductions in capital expenditures against the need to maintain a secure IT environment. It’s a careful balancing act, but could really be worth the effort. In fact, according to estimates by Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, the annual savings from BYOD could range from $300 to $1,300 per employee, depending on their role in the organization.