Did you know …..?
· Gartner’s predicts that by 2014 “90% of organisations will support corporate applications on personal devices.”
· Gartner’s also states that a business can save between 9% and 40% on their IT spend by adopting a BYOD strategy.
· 1 in 10 employees already use their own personal IT for their day to day work
These very statistics that have led many businesses to implement a BYOD
(“Bring your own Device”) strategy, to re-imagine the concept of “The Business Network”, and to capitalise on this ability to promote collaboration in order to truly deliver IT services Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.
So what is BYOD
? Simply put, its adopting a policy within your business that allows your workforce to use their own wireless enabled devices. This benefits your business by providing improved access to services, greater convenience, greater cost savings, employee satisfaction, cost savings, supports devices already in service, increases employee production and the costs savings go without saying.
Now you may have noticed I mentioned cost savings 3 times in that last paragraph, and it’s not because it’s my favourite part, it’s because for businesses, the savings around BYOD
can be huge, especially when you take into account IT procurement, training overheads and maintenance costs.
In the US, where the business sectors tend to adapt quicker than their UK and European counterparts, CIO’s are not merely consenting to people bringing in their own devices in, they are actively encouraging it.
The challenge for many businesses has been in making sure that that a BYOD policy doesn’t turn into BYOH (“Bring your own headache”). The typical scenario that kicks off the fuss is when a CEO or Director brings in the I-Pad they got for Christmas into the office, and asks the IT guy to get his email and other apps working on it. Generally this throws up issues surrounding Wi-Fi access, image and security, as there has been no effective strategy thus far to meet this demand. Now, in your office, how many people have smart phones? Tablets? Laptops? This list goes on...
However, with virtualisation and cloud based computing, it doesn’t really matter which device out of the many hundreds currently available, or which operating system, be it Apple, Microsoft or Google Android that you are using, they’re all compatible!
So it’s reasonable to assume that CIO’s and IT managers should consider a rethink of their infrastructure to allow a seamless and secure service with a low support overhead.
are a specialist in delivering secure wireless infrastructures to organisations, and have been for over 10 years now, and through our partnership with Enterasys secure solutions
, we can help your business develop a coherent BYOD
We’ll meet with you and your IT team to discuss the challenges of BYOD
and advise you how to implement an effective infrastructure strategy that allows you and your staff to get on with the really important job of making your business profitable.
Why not make the most of having an engaged workforce who use their own devices?