I was reading a post from one of the security experts at HP titled: Top 5 Enterprise Security Challenges with "Bring Your Own Device". There are some real support, data control and security issues, butit got me wondering if there was a top 5 reasons to go to “bring your own device”. If I were to put together this list I think it would have to be divided into what’s in it for the company and what’s in it for the individual:
1) Cost control – a flat rate based on job function can be determined and if someone wants more than that -- it is a personal decision on their part. Warranty/repair costs are also controlled and there are no more “accidental” upgrades.
2) Morale – most organizations are supporting this in one way or another, why not get some credit for it. A recent survey found that employee satisfaction was the greatest benefit for a BYOD to work policy.
3) Productivity improvement – use something that you want to use. Since you are familiar with it, you should be more productive.
4) Freedom – you know what you really need – right? I don't care what anyone says, I love the function and format of the HP 2760p (especially if you travel in a plane) and I can't wait to see how it handles Windows 8. If you want to have both a cell phone with a data plan and a laptop with wifi and use them together, that’s a choice you can make.
5) Flexibility – with today’s more mobile workforce having accessing the information wherever you can is becoming an expectation
I think when the hardware begins to understand the need for this dual personality operation and provides a few hooks to enable better support , this tidal shift will turn into a tidal wave.
There are a number of downsides for the individual related to being your own IT department and spending time at Best Buy… but for some those issues are hardly thought about, for others they just want to opt for the standard.
What benifits have I missed? Remember as I've said before. BYOD is not really about devices but policy and data access.