The "bring your own device" or BYOD trend has really heated up in 2013. With more businesses looking to create a mobile workforce, it is almost come to be expected that employees use their own laptops, tablets and smart phones to get the job done, whenever and wherever. On the positive side employers have been able to attract and retain employees promoting flexibility and convenience. Likewise, employees have more choice to freely utilize the gadgets they know and are comfortable with, with mobile tools.
BYOD saves the company money and employees generally care for their devices more as it is their personal property. On the negative side employers are dealing with an IT headache of security models and corporate risk, as well as issues pertaining to mobile workforce management (something we can help you with!).
So far, employers have been able to secure the bring your own device trend by
utilizing the same techniques that they use for devices already on their network. These techniques include password protection, antivirus protection, data loss prevention, full disc encryption and mobile device management. Combine these techniques with a secure platform, and a well outlined compliance act, security threats and risk is greatly minimized.
Whether locating employees, tracking time or streamlining sales, the second set of issues this rising trend has created is from having a mobile workforce without proper management. There are many solutions for field management including workforce locator, sales force automation software and integrating a workforce management system. All of which we are proud to offer!
Jenna Hannon is a Canadian born technology marketer and writer living in Silicon Valley. She is currently Strategic Communications at Fanhattan, advisor at Treasure Data. Jenna is also an adrenaline junkie; as a kiteboarder, skateboarder, snowboarder and surfer.