Mobile device use in the United States has steadily increased over the past decade. The average adult uses a mobile device 51 percent of the time they spend consuming digital media. That number is up from only 12 percent in 2008.
It’s only natural then, that mobile devices were destined to infiltrate the enterprise space as well as consumer markets.
The latest mobile trend in corporate markets is Buy/Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. The platform is an evolving strategy to bring the U.S.’s 182 million personal use smartphones into the workplace in a way that’s safe, economically viable, and easy to implement.
The trend has been developing since smartphones became commonplace and has quickly gained traction. Eighty percent of companies currently support BYOD, and 78 percent of employees believe BYOD is beneficial to balancing work and home life.
Businesses implementing BYOD also see costs savings across the board. On average, savings total $440 dollars per device, once phone and contract costs are factored in.
In addition to the fiscal and happiness boosting effects, employers need to comprehend that BYOD has serious security concerns that could both morally and legally compromise their business.
Employers should install mobile device management, or MDM, software on employee phones to ensure no sensitive data passes through unencrypted channels. The software gives IT control over company software and allows the separation of personal and work accounts.
If handled correctly, BYOD mobile devices are an excellent way to improve employee happiness and save money. Safety is always of utmost importance, and all employers should take MDM software very seriously.
Take a look at this great infographic that we’ve compiled for more information on how successfully start a bring your own device program in your own workplace. Moving forward with technology is a key to success in the modern marketplaces.