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Mar 05, 2013

Debunking BYOD Myths

When it comes to BYOD, there are a slew of myths and beliefs that simply aren't true. Skeptics claim that enterprise leaders are railing against adopting BYOD programs and that employees themselves will waste valuable time noodling with their personal mobile devices on company time. Yet neither of these, or many other BYOD fables, are playing out in the real world. We set out to dispel these myths and offer sound rationale for driving enterprise BYOD programs that work both for the company and for employees.
  1. Enterprise leaders are opposed to BYOD programs. While some corporate leaders initially questioned the potential productivity drag that might result from BYOD, executive acceptance has continued to rise as organizational leaders see the value in allowing and even encouraging employees and fellow executives to bring their own mobile devices into the workplace. In fact, according to a Gartner study released last summer, the vast majority of global respondents say they plan to transform their desktop PC client environment to a hosted virtual desktop environment that will support a variety of mobile devices.
  2. IT lacks the resources to manage and fix personal devices. The fallacy here is that BYOD programs will consume vast amounts of already scarce IT resources. First of all, it’s extremely rare for IT to deal with mobile device-related issues since nearly all of the potential device issues have been addressed by manufacturers themselves.  Plus, when enterprises apply mobile application management (MAM) solutions, they’re able to provision and monitor enterprise apps and usage policies seamlessly without the need for extensive IT involvement.
  3. Employees will goof off with their devices. One of the greatest concerns among business leaders is that employees will waste valuable time updating their statuses on Facebook, texting with friends, and playing games on their personal devices. However, studies show that personal productivity rises with the use of personal devices in the workplace. More email is now read on mobile devices than on desktop email clients. Meanwhile, a study by Pixmania finds that employees with email-equipped smartphones check their emails 20 times per day on average, adding as much as two hours to each employee’s workday.
  4. BYOD creates dangerous security risks. The overriding concern here is that employees who use their mobile devices for both personal and corporate use may inadvertently place mobile enterprise data at risk to hackers. When organizations utilize MAM solutions, they’re able to monitor and manage enterprise mobility apps and corporate data. IT can also use MAM solutions to wipe corporate data off a person’s phone once they’re no longer employed by the organization.

Mark Lorion

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