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Employees feel pressure to use personal smartphones at work

Sarah K. White | Nov. 15, 2016
Businesses are encouraging employees to use personal devices for work purposes, but according to a recent survey, without a proper BYOD strategy and reimbursement plan in place, it might be decreasing productivity.

"CIO's now know that it is about protecting the corporate data that is mobile, rather than worry about devices. There are no enterprise perimeters anymore, therefore tracking and controlling mobile data wherever it resides is the new trend. It is about time we focus on what really matters," he says.

Gallo also says that your approach to BYOD shouldn't look like your investment in desktops and laptop 10 to 15 years ago. BYOD and mobile require a different strategy that requires "proper planning and governance." Otherwise, IT risks being overwhelmed with the complexities of BYOD such as device requirements, upgrades, multiple device platforms and integration. Your BYOD plan needs to be flexible enough to avoid the issues with legacy systems, and one that can adapt to new technology coming through the door, whether it's AR, wearables or devices interacting with the internet of Things.

"Once deployed, many companies underestimate the complexity around reverse logistics for rapid device replacements and ongoing management of large corporate spare pools. The enterprise needs to consider outsourcing the deployment, management and monitoring all of the plumbing needed to keep mobile running smoothly," Gallo says.


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