With a growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) market in the horizon, it has become essential for businesses to prepare for the trend and be ready to do what it takes to support BYOD solutions in the workplace.
According to a recent study by MarketsandMarkets, the global BYOD market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 percent through 2017, totaling more than $181 billion by the end of the forecast period. This growth comes as more businesses and professionals utilize mobile devices for daily operations and the tools needed to make BYOD a reality. The study notes that North American will account for the largest percentage of growth, with 36 percent of the overall BYOD market share and a 12 percent CAGR through 2017.
Businesses will need to prepare for this growth in different ways. Any company that has already implemented a BYOD solution may have to expand its infrastructure to support new devices, while other companies may not yet have the systems in place to support employee mobile devices at all. This means investing in the technology necessary to make mobile device access stable and secure.
To implement secure BYOD systems, a business needs the right IT infrastructure and tools in place. For example, by hosting its data, applications and even desktops on virtual servers, a company keeps its systems well protected should an employee lose a device or leave it open to a hacker's attack. Also depending on a company’s needs, an installation-free HTML RDP client with management capabilities (a ‘connection broker’) can provide benefits related to infrastructure support, security, management, growth and device troubleshooting. HTML5 RDP technology enables a business to provide support and access for any employee device, rather than be limited to a specific operating system or software. Additionally, the company can make access fast and easy without putting any system at risk.
BYOD has the potential to increase productivity and improve efficiency in the workplace, but only if employees are utilizing their devices properly. With remote access solutions, a business can encourage proper mobile device use and the advantages that come with it. Though the market is expected to grow exponentially, there is no reason for a business to be caught unprepared for it.
As the BYOD market grows, adopting the right tools will help any company expand its support to initiate mobile solutions in the first place, with minimized risk and a focus on maximizing the benefits.
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