Category Archives: BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the Consumerization of Mobile and IT

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Best Practices for BYOD Policies What is BYOD, and should this concern your company? Ever since consumers (including employees in your company) started coveting the iPhone, there has been an increasing demand from enterprise users to be able to choose their own smartphones, and now tablets, and even desktops and laptops. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 69% of companies currently do not allow employees to use their own devices, but that number is expected to drop to 37% within 12 to 18 months. On the other hand, a survey from October 2010 showed that “81% of employees admit to using their devices to access their employer’s network without their employer’s knowledge or permission—and 58 % … Continue reading »

Who Pays for Mobile Expenses With Your BYOD Program?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Controlling mobile costs becomes more complex when you add in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Many employees prefer to carry one smartphone for both work and personal use, but then how should companies pay for these dual-purpose devices? In order to address this question, we need to categorize employees by the type of work that they do, and how much they rely on mobile devices. The exact categories will be different between companies, depending on job functions. Decisions on who pays for the mobile bill will also depend largely on company culture. Consider a spectrum of mobile workers, with employees who are 100% mobile on one end, e.g. a salesperson. On the other end are employees who are … Continue reading »

Amazon’s Kindle Fire for Enterprise Use?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Amazon Kindle Fire was released this week with a record-setting one million plus preordered tablets being shipped. Reviews of the device have been lukewarm with many reviewers pointing to the less than powerful 1Ghz processor. From an enterprise point of view the Fire isn’t really important, at least not yet. None of the major MDM providers offer an agent designed to work with the modified version of Android 2.2 that powers the tablet. It is rumored that Amazon is planning to update the Fire OS to make use of Android 2.3 or maybe even 3.0 sometime in the near future. With the Fire expected to be a popular gift this holiday season, we could see pressure on the enterprise … Continue reading »

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security Policies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Creating an effective security policy for personal devices accessing the corporate network You probably already have a wireless security policy governing the use of corporately owned devices, but what about those employee owned devices? If you don’t already have a good Bring Your Own Device policy, then your organization falls into one of two scenarios: Personal devices are being blocked from the corporate network and therefore your company is missing out on the free increased productivity associated with an employee making use of a mobile device. Personal devices are already accessing your corporate network, with or without your knowledge, and you aren’t doing anything to ensure that this is being done securely. In either case your organization can likely benefit … Continue reading »

What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

“Bring Your Own Device” refers to employees using their own personal mobile devices (typically smartphones or tablets) for business use. Two trends have been major causes of the BYOD phenomenon: Companies wanting to reduce complexity and cost of managing mobility Employees wanting to use the most popular devices that they use as consumers, instead of the device provided by their employer BYOD causes some challenges. Employees may feel that costs are being offloaded to them, and some system of expense chargeback or stipend may be needed. Technology designed for consumer use is typically not suited for an enterprise environment, and software such as Mobile Device Management (MDM) is required. The term BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) has also been used, … Continue reading »