If you are working in an enterprise where you need to use laptop for your daily work, it is highly likely that you might have come across the term BYOD in recent past. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), is a phrase that is trending among most of the IT organizations.
There is no complex explanation about the term. BYOD helps employees to use their own devices like laptops, smart phones, tablets etc. for working rather than bounding them to use company provided devices. The most advanced devices that employees used earlier for working were Desktop PCs and laptops. Now employees have smart phones, tablets, e-readers etc.
The justifications behind promoting BYOD are employee satisfaction, greater productivity, increased employee morale, adoption of newer technology is faster, savings for employers as they do not have to purchase devices for employees, flexibility of work, more reachability, increased work times and so on.
Smart phones are most commonly seen devices nowadays. Employees carry smart phones to their workplace. Tablets too are seen quite often in the work place. Both these devices are often connected via company network. Employees have preferences for the operating system they want to work on. Most companies provide laptops with Windows OS, but there are employees who prefer working on Linux or MAC OS. BYOD helps employees select their own laptop, preferred OS, preferred applications etc.
The major concern that businesses see in implementing BYOD is security. Employees using their own devices may not give much importance to the antivirus software andencryption software, which renders company data less secure. Also, since employee accesses all the applications and data using their personal devices, they will have lot of data stored on their device’s local disk, which is a matter of concern once the employee leaves the company.
Since the BYOD has started to catch up, companies have started to provide VPN services to their employees. VPN (Virtual Private Network) helps an employee to securely connect his device to the company network using his home Internet or any public Internet. This helps employee to work from anywhere, anytime using their laptop, smart phones or tablets. Employees can check e-mail, chat with colleagues using their smartphones. This helps them to stay connected while on the move. It also enables them to travel without a laptop, as smart phones are easy to carry around.
So if you want to make use of the latest gadgets that you own at your workplace, start taking to your IT department about the BYOD policy of your company.