While not all businesses have jumped on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, it will become increasingly difficult to deny the advantages of implementing a BYOD solution. According to Computerworld, new tools rolled out by Nokia, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft will make professionals want to utilize their personal devices in the workplace even more. As BYOD continues to spread, the IT department must be prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Issues such as compliance, security and liability initially stunted BYOD's growth. But these concerns are being relegated as secondary concerns to employees demand to use personally owned devices in the workplace. As a result, companies must adjust and introduce policies that accommodate consumer devices. These policies may vary from company to company, but one aspect of BYOD should be universal - keeping access to data and company applications secure is a top priority.
This is easier said than done. The myriad devices and many facets of BYOD are already causing confusion among IT professionals. Add security, management and device support considerations into the mix, and a company may have a difficult time establishing a standard that covers every aspect of BYOD.
For confused IT leaders and executives, however, there are ways to simplify BYOD.
VDI solutions can allow a business to host data and applications in a secure yet accessible manner while also supporting access from employee-owned devices with ease. With an RDP client like Ericom's AccessNow, professionals will be able to remotely access data no matter what device they own, whether it's a Chromebook, iPad, iPhone or Android device, without having to download any work files to the device itself and put company information at risk. As an HTML5 RDP client, this supports security and reliability without hindering the spread of BYOD, making it less of a headache for IT and enhancing the inherent advantages that such a solution offer the business as a whole.
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