Businesses are in the middle of a major shift, as workers bring their own mobile devices to the workplace for use with company systems instead of using approved hardware purchased in bulk by the organization. Known as “bring your own device,” or BYOD, these programs are booming and are expected to become the norm in all offices by 2016. There are some major changes taking place as part of this big transition, each of which is worth noting.
Workplaces Now Control Device Software and Operations
Trade secrets are important, as is office confidentiality and productivity. For this reason, smartphones in a BYOD program are increasingly controlled by tight enterprise networking solutions, software lockdowns, and other programs designed to keep the entire office on the same page. In this way, software control is replacing hardware control almost exactly.
Businesses are Saving Money
Buying a group-sized number of BlackBerry devices is not cheap, and it never has been. Offices now don’t have to do that at all, instead requiring employees to purchase their own smartphone and bring it along for the ride. With lower overhead and more financial breathing room, businesses are likely to continue adopting BYOD in bigger numbers each year.
More Businesses Have Their Own Apps
In a world where software control has replaced device purchases for IT departments, mobile applications are now becoming the norm for offices. These apps deliver email, display company notifications, and even manage to-do lists for employees. It’s an innovative new way to communicate and encourage greater productivity.
The Future is in BYOD Programs
With lower expenses, more control, and even office applications, the future of smartphones in a typical work environment will increasingly be “bring your own device” rather than company-sponsored phones and plans. This works for both companies and their employees, and it’s likely to have good effects on innovation and tech use in the office for some time to come.