No that's not an instruction on a BBQ invite to bring your own drinks or a new texting buzzword that's getting around, BYOD means Bring Your Own Device.
The idea of BYOD has been around for the last few years. BYOD means that employees are allowed to use their own PC/Laptop or tablet device as their work machine. BYOD has also contributed to a better work/life balance for employees as no longer are they tied to a desk.
There are a few reasons that staff like to work from their own device:
- Staff's perception is that often their own devices 'run faster' than the ones at work
- Staff are more comfortable with the operation of their own devices
- Staff may prefer a certain brand of device (finally end the Microsoft vs Apple debate in the office!)
BYOD has 2 major benefits for employers;
- Staff are happier and in turn more productive
- Lower overhead costs per staff member as no longer are employers purchasing hardware.
But, it's not all sunshine and lower bills, if not implemented in the right way BYOD can lead to 1 major risk - SECRUITY.
Allowing employees to store content and information on their own devices can be a risky move for any business. There's the risk of a stolen laptop, or a disgruntled employee. Devices can fail leaving your data vulnerable if it hasn’t been backed up, or data is saved all over the place making it impossible to find anything!
The way to combat this issue is to use BYOD in conjunction with the Cloud. This means connecting these devices to a Remote Desktop Server (or, for those of you who have been around long enough, Terminal Server). I know this sounds like something straight from the Matrix, but connecting to a Remote Desktop basically means that your device becomes a 'dummy' device as all the hard work is done by the server. The dummy device therefore doesn't have to harness the power of 15 suns just to open your line of business applications (e.g. MYOB) or check your emails.
By allowing employees to use their own devices with a Remote Desktop you can mitigate any issues around security and storing your company files. The work you do on the Remote Desktop is saved into the Cloud, this means all the files are saved in one place, so no panicking 5 minutes before a meeting because half the staff can't find a particular file!
BYOD also helps to keep your office running with the latest technology without blowing the bank, as you won't need to upgrade all your devices every 5 minutes. The server running your Remote Desktop will handle all the backend stuff, allowing you to have all the latest applications and software your heart desires.