BYOD: it's not always everything it's cracked up to be

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BYOD: it's not always everything it's cracked up to be

Like any popular trend, it's not necessarily always a good idea to rush into BYOD for your business, as one writer has pointed out.

At Telstra's Smarter Business Ideas blog, there's a story titled "Empower Your Digital Workforce". It suggests that it's important to give you staff the tools they need, keep communication open by embracing tools such as video-conferencing and keeping control over device ownership.

It's that last point we want to think about – it flies in the face of the BYOD trend that is dominating many IT headlines.

The main reason the author suggests holding back on BYOD is that many companies are rushing headlong into allowing their staff bring their own smartphones, tablets and notebooks to the office but don’t have the right systems in place to manage access to data and security.

The popular view is that you should be looking at updating all your key systems so that they are completely device or operating system agnostic. The trouble is, most businesses don’t have the time or money to invest in new systems that let them do the same things they’ve always done, albeit on different devices.

Before embarking on supporting BYOD for your business, give some thought to what you're really letting yourself in for.

According to Charles Reed Anderson, the Associate Vice President and Head of Telecoms and Mobility for IDC Asia/Pacific, companies rush to implement basic enterprise mobility solutions that solve an immediate need. But they don't think about the long-term implications.

Are you allowing staff to bring their own smartphones, tablets and computes to work? If you are, are you giving them full access to all of your company’s systems or limiting them to specific applications like email and calendaring?

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