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How to deploy a BYOD policy

08-05-2012

As mobility becomes a primary concern for CIO’s and head executives, Bring-Your-Own-Device policies are becoming the most popular trend in mobile and IT strategy. Consumer demand for smartphones and tablets are not going away anytime soon- their share of the mobile and personal device market increased to 46 per cent last year - and if your employees are using those devices anyways, you might as well use them to create a remote work environment. Forbe’s has some valuable advice for companies looking to layout a BYOD policy that will maximize savings while maintaining security.

The first consideration is your business objectives, or figuring out why you are supporting a BYOD policy. If it’s cost-savings, having an ‘employee-pays’ policy is crucial – this includes paying for the device, as well as part of their voice and data service costs. Although you may be skeptical over employee acceptance of this policy, it can work if you apply the right amount of oversight to the program.

“An ‘employee pays’ model can and does work – but not if the company expects to monitor and/or restrict what they can do when they’re in ‘personal’ mode,” says the Forbes blog.

“Even the most regulated and security-conscious enterprises and government agencies can broadly support BYOD, meet all of their security, data loss prevention, and compliance requirements, and never have to compromise employee privacy.”

Self-service by your employees is also crucial to cost-savings. Things like enrollment, policy acceptance, adding new devices, changing devices and wiping lost devices should all be regularly serviced by your employees.

“If you don’t allow your employees to self-serve for these routine activities, by definition, you’ll be driving calls and emails to your support desk that could have easily been avoided.”

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Your cell phone won’t kill you, and other mobile news

03-05-2012

Great news for smartphone-addicts everywhere; a new study has revealed that there is no convincing evidence that shows a relation between cell phone use and cancer. The problem is, there is “little information beyond 15 years,” so scientists will continue to monitor causes of cancer. But in the meantime, hypochondriacs can relax about putting the phone directly to their ear to speak.

Mobile usage has become so ubiquitous that school districts are adopting a BYODevice policy to move forward with the times. Derry Township in Pennsylvania are using laptops in their lesson plans more than ever before. To save money, they are encouraging students to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Surprisingly, the UK is not so forward with the times as they are still struggling to bring 4G services into their country. Mobile network Everything Everywhere, the merged company that was previously T-Mobile and Orange, is urging business leaders to lobby the government to move forward with the 4G roll-out. The sale of 4G has been delayed as operators fight over the method of airwave distribution.
“The UK had struck me as a place where mobile technology is deployed first and yet the infrastructure is behind Germany, Scandinavia and the US. I want to do something about this issue,” says Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE since September.
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