How BYOD Changes Your Small Business IT Environment
Bring your own device allowance into work places has shot up from 72 percent in 2011 to 95 percent in 2012, according to Spring Technology. When you switch from a completely employer controlled device policy to a BYOD policy, your overall small business IT environment changes. You have a great deal of flexibility, but the security challenges you face are also significant and require work culture changes.
The Benefits of BYOD for Small Business
Small businesses may not have the operating budget for a large IT department, or any IT department at all. When you can’t issue employees the equipment that you’d like them to be using, it’s convenient when they bring in their own devices to take care of the gap. Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are common devices to fall under the BYOD policy. According to The Daily Attack, another way that small businesses benefit is by avoiding the need to maintain all of the equipment. Each employee is responsible for his or her own updates and software deployment, enabling you to focus your attention on other aspects of the business.
BYOD policies also increase productivity due to device familiarity. Instead of training your employees on a new system, the most you’re doing is showing them a few new apps that you’d like for them to use during their day-to-day activities during work.