The bring your own device trend continues to be one of the highest priorities of decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and this has been evidenced by the massive expansions in relevant communications technology markets. Some forecasters have gone so far as to assert that the average business will demand its employees use their own personal devices for work functions by the turn of the next decade.
Companies that focus on integrating their new mobility strategies with existing unified communications frameworks will often have the most streamlined experience, as the two arenas are intrinsically connected, especially from an end-user perspective. Above all else, organizations will need to be proactive in their pursuits of BYOD to truly capture the productivity and efficiency gains that are centerpieces of the trend, while simultaneously sidestepping security risks.
A look at today
TabTimes recently reported that a new study from TECHnalysis Research found that an overwhelming majority of companies are still not taking comprehensive approaches to BYOD deployments. According to the news provider, larger firms are commonly more prepared than smaller ones to deal with the management demands of BYOD, but even these companies are not necessarily reaching optimal levels of engagement.
The source explained that roughly 29 percent of the total surveyed group, which included more than 2,800 individuals from variously sized firms, stated that they have adopted BYOD but only have informal policies in place. On the other hand, just over one-fifth of the respondents cited adoption of the strategy and inclusion of a formal line of policies.
About half of the respondents have not adopted BYOD, restrict the use of personal devices or are not sure whether their companies have launched policies yet, TabTimes noted. In short, this is relatively disheartening given the direct threats associated with not having comprehensive BYOD strategies in place at the time of adoption.
UC makes it fly
Companies that are just beginning to develop BYOD plans should consider integrating the policies into existing UC frameworks, focusing on creating the most streamlined experience for users. Advanced BYOD environments will generally have mobile Voice over Internet Protocol phone services in place for employees to use on their smartphones, as well as other integrated solutions that provide staff members with all of the tools they would normally have at their desk in the palm of their hands.