For a business, the introduction of the personal computer was a major boon. It streamlined production, allowed employees to do significantly more work in the day and improved the ability to work on, store and disseminate information. With the inclusion of the internet, collaboration and communication abilities increased significantly as well, making the PC more versatile than ever. However, with the improvement of mobile devices, their ability to accomplish many of the same tasks that PC do has improved, and communications has been enhanced to an entirely new level. Now is the time for businesses to recognize the next step in the technological evolution - bring your own device (BYOD).
Investing in a BYOD solution gives businesses a way to integrate mobile devices in a cost effective and efficient way, replacing PCs that are becoming more costly to maintain and upgrade to keep pace with the innovations that are hitting the market on an increasing basis. According to CRN, it is becoming harder to justify the cost of PCs when a more efficient solution is so readily available.
BYOD is effective, but at what cost?
Some may feel that BYOD isn't the right choice for them, though. Security fears, adoption worries and other factors can color opinions against the trend easily, but it is important to know the facts regarding BYOD before making a decision in one direction or the other.
A BYOD policy, in a nutshell, allows employees to bring their personal devices into the workplace to accomplish tasks they traditionally used a desktop PC or laptop for. However, it goes much deeper than this. Employees can use their tablets or smartphones for computing tasks, but also as a replacement for desk phones, a mobile hotspot for other devices and more. Additionally, these devices cost a business nothing other than the tools to support their use, which often are already partially in place.
To implement BYOD successfully, a company will need access tools and security measures that keep its data and applications safe while allowing employees full range of usability. With an RDP client, a professional can do the same amount of work he or she does with a networked desktop, but from their home or a coffeeshop at no additional risk to the company. Even if the worker loses their device, or a cyberattack compromises it, no company property will be lost or stolen. The same cannot be said for other technologies.
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