This is the first of a three part set of articles Revolabs would like to present concerning Bring Your Own Device and Group Collaboration by Jacob Brady.
Questions to consider about your own company while you read part 1 of the BYOD series:
Is following the BYOD movement important to your organization?
Do you consider your organization to be innovative or traditional?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a relatively new trend in corporate conferencing and higher education. This phrase is used to describe the policy of allowing employees and students to bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops, and PDA’s – to the workplace to access secure networks.
As security is a major concern for most companies, one might think the acceptance of BYOD is slow or not widely adopted, however a 2013 study by TechRepublic says this is not the case. This BYOD Business Strategy Survey by TechRepublic showed that roughly two-thirds of U.S. companies either already have a Bring Your Own Device plan or program in place, or plan to implement A BYOD policy in the near future. There are several reasons as to why BYOD is being quickly adopted in companies across the US:
Companies want to remain competitive and keep up with technology trends
Companies want to be seen as being innovative to attract the top talent
Companies want to retain their employees and improve employee morale
Companies want revenue growth through productivity and improved efficiency
Let’s explore these reasons in more detail.
Symantec’s 2013 State of Mobility Global Results survey explains that when it comes to mobile adoption, there are two clear groups – innovative and traditional organizations. Innovative companies embrace changes and create their own opportunities through willingness to change or experiment. These companies are the early adopters of new technology. Traditional organizations are cautious and reactive rather than embracing risk for a potential reward. This study found that 66% of innovators say the benefit of mobility outweigh the risks, while 75% of the traditional organizations feel that the risks
of mobility outweigh the benefits.
One large advantage innovative companies hold over traditional companies is the implementation of policies to manage mobile use. With BYOD becoming widely acceptable in the workplace and in schools, innovative companies are nearly twice as likely to enforce mobile policies on corporate and personal devices using technology. On the other end of the spectrum, traditional organizations handle the management of corporate or employee devices either manually, or do not manage them at all.
As innovative companies are quicker to adopt and enforce mobile policies, innovators do have their own drawbacks as well. Innovative companies averaged about twice as many mobile incidents or losses compared to the traditional organizations. One may question why two-thirds of the innovative companies still say that it is worth it. The reason why is that innovative companies are seeing greater productivity and efficiency from employees as well as an added business agility. Innovative companies also feel that adopting and buying into the BYOD movement results in more satisfied employees, allowing for better employee retention. Employees are not the only ones who benefit from this movement. These forward thinking companies feel it improves their perception in the workforce, which includes brand value, customer happiness and overall competitiveness in the market.
The most important aspect to innovative companies is the same focus of all companies – the bottom line. Innovative companies adopting mobility and the BYOD movement are seeing almost 50% more revenue growth and profits than traditional-thinking companies. Traditional organizations are adopting mobility and the BYOD movement less, while encountering fewer problems. However, these companies also see fewer benefits. For innovative organizations adopting mobility and BYOD, these companies are experiencing problems. In the end, these organizations feel that their significant business advantages generally outweigh the problems with being forward-thinking, and BYOD is no exception
What do YOU think about BYOD? Is your company considered traditional or innovative and are you
planning to adopt BYOD technologies? Let us know by commenting on our post below.
This is the end of Part 1 of a three part series regards to Bring Your Own Device and Group Collaboration, stayed tuned for parts 2 and 3.
If you were wondering which Revolabs products work best in a BYOD environment, our FLX2 and Yamaha YVC-1000 offer Bluetooth® capability that can easily pair with mobile devices. Other models like the FLX UC-500 and FLX UC-1000 can connect to laptops using the USB audio functionality for use with softphone, webinar and PC communications applications.