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Mobile Enterprise: Is BYOD really as inclusive as it seems?

Posted by Jeremy CowanMarch 27, 2012

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) isn’t the most eloquent acronym to come out of the IT world, according to Dominic Jones (pictured). However, some say it stands for a new era where employees’ preferred devices are also used for completing work tasks. But is BYOD really the ultimate social integration and cost saving trend for businesses?

It’s obvious that there are significant cost savings associated with employees using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops for work. However, the downsides are numerous and worth considering. From a logistics point of view, a multitude of devices is hard to support and manage, as you often can’t make the same app work on all platforms.

The question of data integrity and security should also be raised. How can businesses manage their information and ensure that there are no leaks after the employee decides to ‘up sticks’ and work for the competition, taking his or her device with them? The answer is simple; they can’t.

Even more importantly, BYOD can’t be implemented realistically across the business because not all of your staff own state-of-the-art portable devices, fit for enterprise use. BYOD could create differences between employees, and ostracise those who can’t afford the latest tablet or smartphone. This will undoubtedly affect productivity and data security, which makes the Bring Your Own Device trend as unpalatable as its acronym.

Dominic Jones
Managing Director
Barton Technology Ltd

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2 Comments
  • John Manish
    March 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The question of data integrity and security is a really important point you bring up, and in the healthcare industry is it a big issues due to the HIPAA requirements.

    I think that IT departments really are going to have to use apps, systems and software to allow for the flexibility needed for BYOD – it is not going to go away, it is only going to get bigger as more people use smartphones and tablets.

    While the large enterprise solutions having a deeply integrates system where the IT department takes control of the device or provides workers with devices, in a hospital and business setting I am hearing that this can be an issue or barrier to these kinds of systems.

    Looking around, we did find a way to at least protect text messaging and help protect our hospital from lawsuits concerning HIPAA issues related with BYOD by using Tigertext; which while not as integrated as the large enterprise solutions, offers some really good benefits, especially cost, ease of implementation and device flexibility.

    IT managers, but also employees are really going to have to be aware of all the different solutions available for BYOD and security – especially for smartphones and iPADs.

    Resources:

    http://byod.us/

    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule/index.html

    http://www.tigertext.com

  • John Manish
    March 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The question of data integrity and security is a really important point you bring up, and in the healthcare industry is it a big issues due to the HIPAA requirements.

    I think that IT departments really are going to have to use apps, systems and software to allow for the flexibility needed for BYOD – it is not going to go away, it is only going to get bigger as more people use smartphones and tablets.

    While the large enterprise solutions having a deeply integrates system where the IT department takes control of the device or provides workers with devices, in a hospital and business setting I am hearing that this can be an issue or barrier to these kinds of systems.

    Looking around, we did find a way to at least protect text messaging and help protect our hospital from lawsuits concerning HIPAA issues related with BYOD by using Tigertext; which while not as integrated as the large enterprise solutions, offers some really good benefits, especially cost, ease of implementation and device flexibility.

    IT managers, but also employees are really going to have to be aware of all the different solutions available for BYOD and security – especially for smartphones and iPADs.

    Resources:

    http://byod.us/

    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule/index.html

    http://www.tigertext.com

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