Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Provides Tremendous Boost In Employee Satisfaction

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Provides Tremendous Boost In Employee Satisfaction

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Unless one has been living under a rock or has been magically transported from the middle ages, one might have noticed the burgeoning trend in mobile devices. The technology has reached a point where what many would consider science fiction a decade ago, would now be considered commonplace. By the middle of this year, there might be more smartphones and tablets in circulation than there are PCs in the world. At this time we are already starting to see changes to how people and companies do their daily work, and it looks like the world is preparing for another change, specifically the time of the “Cube People” might be coming to an end, and the “Mobile Nomads” will be taking over.

The number of organizations embracing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and work anywhere or work shifting programs are increasing. Work flexibility is one of the key elements required in order to recruit real talent and reduce employee attrition. How BYOD and work shifting correlates with employee attrition is simply this; attrition is mainly associated to workplace proximity and people generally choose their work based on commute time and convenience, so staying at home to work or somewhere else other than the office is a tremendous boost in satisfaction. With this convenience, organizations are reporting an average of 25% reduction in employee attrition simply because BYOD and work shifting are able to bring more employee satisfaction compared to any other motivational strategies that companies have traditionally implemented.

Because of this “work anywhere with your own device” trend, there is an increasing demand for proper mobile management systems and practices as well as better collaboration systems that will cater to this new scattered workforce. Meetings will never go away, and employees still do need to talk to their peers and superiors, but how to do this remotely, efficiently, and conveniently should be the new center of attention for enterprises and in particular, software and hardware developers. There should be an increased focus on mobile device management strategies that can easily scale to modern demands, which offer robust security without the hassle of manually configuring each device. However, recent setbacks show that some companies and executives are not ready for telecommuting offerings as some skepticism has emerged since Yahoo.com has removed work-from home policies.

The BYOD trend is also putting new masks on old fears, particularly that of data loss. In this article by Thor Olavsrud – posted within the Mobile Enterprise 360 community, Thor has compiled various best practices for implementing BYOD and even cites solutions to make this possible. The bottom line is that in order to improve security and data protection, organizations should be focusing on the data and not the mobile device itself. There is virtually no full-proof solution for keeping a device from getting lost or stolen, but data is truly different as it can be secured in the right environment. One particularly good way is to implement a virtual environment within the device where the employee can work and access all relevant data, but no data is ever actually saved within the device, both applications and data are cloud based, with the device simply serving as a portal.

Now according to Paul Kapustka in his article Mobile Security: User experience is key to success. This security is only as good as long as it’s used prudently. People will always look for alternatives even to security as long as they feel that it performs exceptionally well and is within their tastes.

However, we have to be careful that the solution we apply should not be too restrictive, or else nobody would use it. For more articles regarding mobile management please visit The Mobile Enterprise360 Community”

By Abdul Salam

This post is brought to you by the Mobile Enterprise 360 Community and Citrix

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comic
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Data Merge

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Data Merge

By Christian Mirra Please feel free to share our comics via social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest. Clear attribution (Twitter example: via @cloudtweaks) to our original comic sources is greatly appreciated.

The Rise Of Threat Intelligence Sharing

The Rise Of Threat Intelligence Sharing

Threat Intelligence Sharing  Security has been discussed often on CloudTweaks and for good reason. It is one of the most sought after topics of information in the technology industry.  It is virtually impossible to wake up and not read a headline that involves the words “Breached, Hacked, Compromised or Extorted (Ransomware)“. Included (below) is an…

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Cloud Email Migration In today’s litigious society, preserving your company’s data is a must if you (and your legal team) want to avoid hefty fines for data spoliation. But what about when you move to the cloud? Of course, you’ve probably thought of this already. You’ll have a migration strategy in place and you’ll carefully…

Higher Education Institutions Increasing Cloud Use In Next 5 Years

Higher Education Institutions Increasing Cloud Use In Next 5 Years

Cloud Computing Advancing Edtech In a new research study by ResearchMoz it’s predicted that the global cloud computing market in higher education will grow steadily at a CAGR of 24.57% over the period 2016 to 2020. Making use of computing resources connected by either public or private networks provides the benefits of scalable infrastructure, greater…

Big Data and AI Hold Greatest Promise For Healthcare Technologies

Big Data and AI Hold Greatest Promise For Healthcare Technologies

Digital Healthcare Executives and Investors Addressed Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Industry New York City – September 21, 2016 – According to a survey of 122 founders, executives and investors in health-tech companies released today by Silicon Valley Bank, big data and artificial intelligence will have the greatest impact on the industry in the year ahead. Healthcare…

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap You’re out of your mind if you think blocking access to file sharing services is filling a security gap. You’re out of your mind if you think making people jump through hoops like Citrix and VPNs to get at content is secure. You’re out of your mind if you think putting your…

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Out-of-the-box Cloud Solutions Although people may argue that data is not safe in the Cloud because using cloud infrastructure requires trusting another party to look after mission critical data, cloud services actually are more secure than legacy systems. In fact, a recent study on the state of cloud security in the enterprise market revealed that…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…

Is The Fintech Industry The Next Tech Bubble?

Is The Fintech Industry The Next Tech Bubble?

The Fintech Industry Banks offered a wide variety of services such as payments, money transfers, wealth management, selling insurance, etc. over the years. While banks have expanded the number of services they offer, their core still remains credit and interest. Many experts believe that since banks offered such a wide multitude of services, they have…

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills Cloud technology has completely changed the infrastructure and internal landscape of both small businesses and large corporations alike. No professionals in any industry understand this better than IT pros. In a cutthroat field like IT, candidates have to be multi-faceted and well-versed in the cloud universe. Employers want to know that…

Are Women Discriminated Against In The Tech Sector?

Are Women Discriminated Against In The Tech Sector?

Women Discriminated Against In Tech Sector It is no secret that the tech industry is considered sexist since most women are paid less than men; there are considerably fewer women in tech jobs; and generally men get promoted above women. Yet the irony is twofold. Firstly, there is an enormous demand for employees with skills…

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade…

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

The Future of M2M Technology & Opportunities

The Future of M2M Technology & Opportunities

The Future Of The Emerging M2M Here at CloudTweaks, most of our coverage is centered around the growing number of exciting and interconnected emerging markets. Wearable, IoT, M2M, Mobile and Cloud computing to name a few. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about Machine to Machine (M2M) such as the differences between IoT and…