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Guest blog: Should businesses adopt ban-your-own-device policies?

Chip Salyards | Oct. 18, 2012
With the proliferation of smart devices, employees today expect to seamlessly manage their private and professional lives from the touch of a button on their personal devices.

• Employ a good mobile device management tool
The BYOD movement has resulted in a high demand for mobile device management tools. There are a number of very good solutions for tackling the problems associated with BYOD. These solutions help IT departments monitor real time usage of personal devices and ensure they remain regulatory compliant, through regular audits, and are contributing efficiently towards the achievement of corporate goals. For example, BMC's Mobile Device Management tool helps businesses secure and monitor how corporate data is being used while keeping employees connected with the device of their choice.

Some of these solutions also have the capabilities of remotely erasing critical corporate data in the event the personal devices are lost or compromised while others can enable IT departments to update policies, settings, applications, software and the likes over the air, without needing employees to be physically present in the office.

Empowering your employees
Some companies have yet to feel the full impact of BYOD but the trend is growing as more employees expect to be able to manage their professional and private lives from a single device. The challenge for IT departments now is to stay ahead of the curve and be well-equipped to handle the influx of new smart devices entering their corporate networks.

Like all new technologies, BYOD has its fair share of challenges that must be overcome but banning personal devices in the workplace will only result in the loss of untapped opportunities. On the other hand, by properly integrating BYOD into their corporate set-up, companies will benefit immensely in terms of productivity, efficiency, and rapid response to changing business demands. Instead of looking at the BYOD phenomenon as an obstacle to business goals, IT departments should look at it as an opportunity to empower their employees in this increasingly interconnected, mobile world.

Chip Salyards is Asia Pacific vice president at BMC Software.


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