The concept of employees bringing and using their personal devices for professional use is termed BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. Last year, the concept and its applications were discussed extensively – both in the boardroom and the media. It’s safe to say that the BYOD movement is gathering some support. A recent IDG-research survey  found that 85% of firms surveyed support BYOD programs. However, security during BYOD implementations is a common concern for IT managers and consumers alike.
Like two sides of a coin, there are merits and demerits of driving BYOD programs. A brief evaluation of their pros and cons are given below.
- Cost: Over a period of time, enterprises do not need to invest on procuring and maintaining new devices and thus save on their hardware cost.
- Productivity: Employee productivity increases if they use their own devices. 
- Employee Satisfaction: If an employee uses his or her device, they are generally happier. 
- Security: Redesigning a security policy that allows personal devices in office without comprising IT security can be a challenge.
- Network and Infrastructure: The network and IT infrastructure within an organization needs to be overhauled which needs time, effort and money.
- Multiple applications and platforms: Enterprises would need to grapple with multiple applications and platforms which are complex to manage.
In conclusion, as the market acceptance of BYOD programs matures, there will be enhancements in the security and mobility front. These innovations, fuelled by the growing implementations of the programs, will be able to alleviate security risks and result in a cascading effect of increased acceptance of these programs.
What do you think? Is BYOD beneficial or detrimental for enterprises? Do let us know in your comments.
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