There are two salient features of mobility devices today that are giving IT departments’ sleepless nights: (1) They are forever, and very rapidly, changing technologies; (2) They are unmistakably getting more expensive! In the disruptive world of technology, one year is enough time to have multiple iterations of devices and technologies. I personally, rather expensively, found out how this can adversely impact not just organizations, but even individuals. Having leased a 2016 BMW X5 (and it is an all-black beauty!) last year I was a happy camper. Then, later in 2016, I switched jobs and inevitably cellular phones. But, I was excited that I got a brand new iPhone 7! New car, new phone – life’s good! Then came the technology problem: My new iPhone 7 was not compatible with my car. Apparently, the OS on my car and my iPhones iOS (10.x) just won’t jive. All my excitement about using Apple CarPlay on my brand new BMW turning sour. And what’s worse is that the X5 2017 plays Apple CarPlay just fine! Disruption of plans indeed!
Corporations are in a similar predicament today when they invest in cellular phones and then latest iterations of it just makes their 6-months old device look like bricks. Believe it or not, but this actually affects employee satisfaction (either for personal or official reasons). Additionally, employees are forever juggling between 2 (or more) phones. Furthermore, once a company invests in corporate cell phones (often with a 2-3 year commitment), they are pretty stuck with a device that is destined to become crappy in 1 year, guaranteed! The astronomical prices for these devices and significant upgrade costs just means you are stuck with this bad decision.
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is a fast proliferating phenomenon where corporations are increasingly looking to get rid of this problem by allowing their employees to carry their own devices into work. This results in employee satisfaction and reduced operational costs. However, there are some challenges associated with such a policy – cybersecurity being the biggest and most obvious one. In order to fully reap the benefits of the BYOD working environment, it is imperative that organizations plan and address these concerns beforehand (the infographic below provides a good flow of considerations). Needless to state, existing technology can overcome all of these challenges to secure corporate networks, increase productivity, keep employees satisfied (iOS or Android, all are welcome!) and significantly reduce costs. Now while you give all of this some serious thought, allow me to go back and workout my car upgrade costs to the 2017 model. Disruption, it’s a way of life now!