Since last couple of weeks there are lot of discussions going around with respect to BYOD (Bring You Own Device). Mostly on “To BYOD” or “not to BYOD?” So let’s dig into the buzz word and find out the best solution. By the way, to all those who are wondering what the heck BYOD is, here’s a simple definition for you: It means allowing your employees to bring personal mobile devices & use it for internal company resources such as applications, email, documents & other critical information.
Okay! That sounds good.. isn’t it? As a CIO or CEO of the company (who is always looking for options to reduce their hardware cost) it looks like perfect solution. Why should we invest in smartphone/mobile devices when our employees can bring their own devices and get work done?
Hmmm… but hold on, every option has two sides. As famous Hindi Filmdialogue says, “To Earn, You Need to Lose Something” Unfortunately, same goes with BYOD concept.
Agreed, by allowing your employees to bring their own device, you will save few bucks on hardware cost. But what about Security? How would you justify cost of developing, managing & deploying applications for multiple Mobile OS?
Most of the organizations who are new to Mobile world, are still struggling to cope-up with even single OS; and now you are talking about managing multiple platforms It doesn’t only stop here. As I said earlier, even if you believe in employee freedom and ready to invest thousands of dollar in BYOD; how would you manage security? Who owns data? How would you track employee’s activity? What if someone lost his device in transit?
WAKE UP!!! Someone from India is opposing BYOD? No. I am not. I am just trying to make you aware of couple of hiccups followed by BYOD. Does it mean you shouldn’t go with it? Well, it’s only YOU who has got the best answer. BYOD from employee’s perspective is great option. You have freedom to perform various task on your favorite device. That’s awesome! But as an organization, if you are looking to BYOD just as cost saving option then you’re got it wrong. It’s more than cost saving. Rather your objective should be empowering employees and giving freedom.
So if you are ready to take some risk, do some “trial and error” and looking forward to invest in multiple platforms & resources, certainly go with BYOD.
Otherwise, be happy and keep distributing BlackBerry to your executives and force them to use the same
What’s your opinion? Do you plan to go with BYOD? What are other challenges & opportunities you see? Feel free to write me at harshalkharod [at] gmail [dot] com or simply tweet me @ConnectHarshal