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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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Mobility Matters

31-01-2012

It seems as though software providers today won’t make it unless they increase their mobile offerings. The idea that the workplace is limited to the office is now an almost archaic notion, and now efficiency-based software providers are looking at how mobile their product is.

A poll conducted by SkyDox, says that 72 per cent of respondents who are currently using Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems are considering deploying additional add-ons to extend the reach of their system. Furthermore, 77 per cent of companies would like their content to be available on mobile devices.

Eric Anderson, a partner at digital agency White Horse in Portland, Ore., has offered a few dos and don’ts when it comes to digital marketing; His number one suggestion is determining in the research stage “when customers use your mobile site, mobile apps, and the traditional desktop website.”

Major document management providers like Google Docs isn’t as mobile friendly as one would think, laments one blogger. Software like DocuWare, a document management software that converts files from various formats, only recently extended its mobile compatibility to include Blackberry 6 OS smartphones, as well as Android and Windows Phone 7.

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