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Establishing a BYOD strategy

The impact of BYOD on the enterprise

David Goldschlag
BYOD image via Shutterstock

Many enterprise IT organisations experienced the rapid introduction of mobile and cloud within their environments. New challenges such as BYOD and the Internet of Things (IoT) brought about new demands and a rapid pace driving enterprises to simplify and retool IT infrastructure.

In the last few years, the increase of mobile devices within organisations has been phenomenal, driving IT teams to seriously think about a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy. Mobile phones are no longer confined to the jacket pockets of employees. Business apps are efficient, available 24/7 and ready for the cloud or your data centre. Smartphone technology today has transformed the mobile phone into a viable productivity tool making mobility in the enterprise a business necessity rather than a nice-to-have.

The growing emphasis on enterprise mobility and BYOD in recent years is reflective of a broad trend industry-wide. Some organisations leap onto the BYOD bandwagon far too quickly, not realising how hasty decisions and impulsive purchases can affect the security and integrity of their corporate data. The productivity merits of BYOD are clear, but security and usability are critical aspects to consider.

Data loss and security breaches are just the start of the story. Another challenge faced by IT teams is usability. One of the main reasons why many BYOD and remote access programs fail is because their complexity can put the brakes on user productivity. BYOD must be secure, but there are ways to also ensure that the user experience is as seamless as possible.

Productivity should also be a key concern when devising your strategy. Industry experts predict that by 2016, half of enterprises will be using a cloud infrastructure. Organisations utilising data centre or on-site data storage should investigate EMM solutions with cloud-based connectivity controls if they want to get the best from BYOD.

A carefully planned and implemented BYOD strategy will ensure your organisation moves forward quickly and reaps the many benefits that mobile devices can bring, with the least amount of risk. In this guide, we look at the elements that go into creating a successful BYOD strategy that is sustainable, manageable and will give you the best return on your investment in BYOD technology.

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Mobile devices have stormed the world of business in recent years and there is no turning back. As a result, employees are demanding more flexibility when it comes to doing their jobs inside the office and out. Before developing a BYOD strategy, it is important to identify and address the pain points that can arise from introducing enterprise mobility. A BYOD program should be a long-term objective rather than a quick fix, and therefore needs the right approach from the very start.

The endpoint problem is a challenge that most IT teams will face when developing a BYOD strategy. The marketplace is saturated with mobile devices, slew of operating systems and apps. It is imperative that your strategy addresses the risks that each of these individual factors presents to your IT infrastructure. The risks are present with any unauthorised or unsecured device that accesses your network, whether it is owned by an employee, visitor, client or business partner.

With so many challenges and considerations to take into account, BYOD can put a lot of pressure on IT teams. This is where the right mobile device management solutions and a thoughtful BYOD strategy can make a difference in enabling a productive and secure workforce.

Once you have established your BYOD strategy and program, and you are up and running, the BYOD vista opens up even more. From BYO devices to BYO applications, the landscape will continue to adapt to changing technology trends and the demands of your business. Everything from peripherals to wearables could enter the BYOD arena, and all will be vying for access to your corporate network. By choosing security solutions that are innovative and scalable, you can ensure your organisation is ready for all that the future has to throw at it.

Author

David Goldschlag

David Goldschlag is senior vice president of strategy at Pulse Secure. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of MobileSpaces, which Pulse Secure acquired in October 2014, where he was responsible for defining the company’s vision and strategy. David brings more than twenty years of experience within the mobility, security and enterprise SaaS industries.


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