Bring your own device (or BYOD) policies are continuing to gain strength in corporate Australia due to the explosion in more user-friendly, fashionable smartphones but companies are putting greater control around the policy to limit their support costs.
So when considering whether to implement a BYOD policy, an organisation should ensure that the timing is right and that the costs and risks are acceptable. Have you started on your own BYOD policy journey? What have been some of the top considerations when building your BYOD policy?
I think the increasing use of mobility whether that be through BYOD or company supplied phones does raise the valid concern of work life balance. Mobile working has the potential to deliver a number pf productivity benefits however it isn't necessarily about getting staff to work longer hours but about providing them with the tools for ' flexible working' so that employees can perform their jobs in the location and times that maximise their productivity. Ideally with the right procesess and governance agreed up front it should be something that benefits both the company and the employee.
The rapid proliferation of smartphones coupled with the pace of introduction of new smartphones and tablets and the associated operating systems is providing organisations with the challenge of keeping up with the 'latest and greatest' devices for their staff to use. The push to bring personal devices into the workplace is very much being driven by employees wanting to be able to use the devices they like - in most cases these are smartphones and increasingly tablets.
The challenge for orgainsations and this to some extent addresses your question as to whether they are providing the tools that are apporporiate for their staff is how to mange this in a way that addresses their particular governance and security needs especially around sensitive data in the case of the later.