Adopting a BYOD solution is a major step for most businesses. From supporting various mobile devices to ensuring that the security of company data is maintained, IT professionals have a lot to do when implementing bring-your-own-device initiatives.
When deploying a BYOD strategy, a business first must know exactly how the initiative will benefit operations and how it will not. There are many myths surrounding BYOD that must be set straight for IT professionals to maximize its advantages and eliminate any potential risks to the company.
BYOD lowers IT security
One myth common to business implementation of BYOD practices, according to the news source, is that these solutions will reduce data security. However, much like the cost savings benefit described below, the reverse is actually true without proper preparation and training. In order to introduce personal devices into workflow safely and securely, a company has to invest in technology to protect its data, whether an employee works remotely or on premise, leaves their device without password protection or loses it entirely. One way a business can accomplish this is by leveraging the proper remote access and security technologies.
BYOD does not provide cost savings
A common misunderstanding is that BYOD will automatically lead to a hike in operational costs. However, enabling users with the flexibility to use their personal devices for work from virtually anywhere, such as from home or in the workplace, can actually help to reduce costs. With proper training for employees, a company can reduce costs and see other benefits. How to best utilize mobile devices, security training and other proper application of use allows BYOD to increase productivity, efficiency and cost reduction benefits for a business.
BYOD makes IT’s job much harder
Another myth related to the BYOD trend is that it takes up IT professionals' time by increasing the amount of troubleshooting they need to assist employees with. Again, the opposite of this can be true. Using a non-native client like an HTML5 RDP client saves IT time by eliminating the need to install Flash, Java or any other software on the end-user device. That means zero client maintenance.
Ultimately, with proper training and the right tools in place, BYOD does provide numerous advantages for a company.
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