The past, present, and future of BYOD

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been in vogue in the industry for quite some time. A few years ago, only the executives and top management staff were permitted to use their personal devices for official purposes. Employees were often filled with awe to see officials using their personal devices in the offices. In fact, using personal devices for official use was considered as privilege of the blessed ones.

Present status of BYOD

With the use of smart mobile devices prevalent among the employees, industries in an attempt to capitalize on the trends implemented BYOD at all levels. Currently BYOD is being implemented in an optional manner in many industries. The advent of enterprise level mobile apps has changed the entire perspective of BYOD. Several industries, such as automobile, healthcare, retail, insurance, finance, and many more are actively involved in the process of adding mobility to their business processes.

Enterprise mobile apps not only simplify the various business processes, but also greatly reduce the costs involved in them. Permitting the use of personal devices to accomplish business tasks means more hours of work and less investment in gadgets for the employers. Some of the industries have already started capitalizing on the mobile trends of their employees. A few others that tried to implement BYOD in a hurry have miserably failed due to inadequate BYOD policies. Currently the industry is involved in improving strategies and policies to make better use of BYOD.

BYOD in the future

The current developments in the BYOD security and polices obviously make it clear that it will become mandatory for employment in the near future. Recently, a few industries that tried to make BYOD mandatory were bombarded with severe criticism from the employees and critics. However, a glance at similar situations in the past will provide a crystal clear view of the future. A decade ago owing a sturdy vehicle was made mandatory qualification for certain jobs that required travelling. Others followed suit to ensure that employees reached their work spot on time. Although there was an initial protest to the idea among employees, today it is being widely accepted as a valid move.

Similarly mobile technology experts foresee that in the near future BYOD would become mandatory for employment. According to technology seers, startup firms will be the early birds in making full use of BYOD. Implementing BYOD will not only reduce investment on gadgets but also enable them to increase their investment on talents, which is the way to grow. While mobile enterprise strategists and app developers are on the full swing developing innovative enterprise mobility solutions, the industry is seriously involved in perfecting BYOD policies and security measures to safeguard its interests.

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