The Pros and Cons of Bring Your Own Device to Organizations

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In today’s technologically driven society, advances have changed how employees and employers operate and do business. 10 years ago terms such as “standard” device and B.Y.O.D were unheard of. Thanks to cooperation’s such as APPLE, Research in Motion and Intel, these terms are now active in today’s workplace. By implementing “standard” devices and Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D) strategies into workplace IT departments face a problem; managing mobile devices used by employees. The two suggested strategies are providing employees with “standard” devices such as a smartphone, tablet or computer provided by the company. “Standard” devices are monitored by IT departments. The downsides of “standard” devices are that companies must pay for the hardware device and cover all costs associated with that device. The second strategy is B.Y.O.D which allows employees to cover costs by bringing their own device into the workplace therefore saving the company money. Going back only a few years, B.Y.O.D was only an idea few knew about. In 2008 cooperation’s largely used “standard” devices. Today however, many “standard” devices are being phased out due to the Bring Your Own Device trend. Why? Employees want their say in the workplace. People like to be their own decision maker. Employees strive for a work-life combination. Company provided devices do not permit employees access to personal contacts or to store private information. Employees want to simultaneously work and communicate with the outside world. One advantage of “standard” devices is less, unproductive work due to social media browsing and gaming, because the activity on these devices is monitored. Cooperation’s also faced many financial barriers with both, company devices and the B.... ... middle of paper ... ...(Bring Your Own Device). Retrieved 3 30, 2014, from INSIGHT. (2013, 7 16). Retrieved 3 30, 2014, from Levin, A. (2014, 3 19). BYOD: The Most Dangerous Acronym for a Small Business . Retrieved 3 30, 2014, from STAMFORD. (2013, 05 1). Newsroom. Retrieved 3 30, 2014, from Sylvia, L. (2013, April 10). BYOD 2.0: Adressing Employee Privacy and Enterprise Security. Retrieved March 30, 2014, from Wikipedia. (n.d.). Retrieved 3 30, 2014, from
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