Beat the post-holiday BYOD blues

Beat the post-holiday BYOD blues

Now that the new year has arrived, there are a number of considerations that many businesses need to make in order to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the year ahead.

Bring your own device (BYOD) was a trend that managed to rise to prominence over the course of 2013, to a point that it has long-been considered normal in the circles of many companies.

It is a trend that does not look like going away any time soon, meaning that it is all the more important that the IT departments of firms across the country have the right approaches in place to cope with any potential challenges that may arise over the course of the next 12 months.

The holiday period can bring a level of uncertainty with it, as many employees return from the Christmas break with a shiny new device.

A proactive approach to implementation is therefore a must. Ensure that your employees know how to best utilise their new devices within the current system; make it clear on how workers can enable WiFi and offer appropriate guidelines for iOS and Android, while also making it easy to join any mobile device management (MDM) solution.

If an MDM strategy is in place, then it is important to ensure that policies are right for the specific access levels and behaviour of workers.

In an article for CSO.com, writer Steve Ragan argues that such policies should ideally not be overly restrictive, as this can harm the morale of workers.

He also argues that one of the most important considerations to make is to ensure that workers have access to corporate assets, such as SharePoint and network drives, securely; something that can be easily achieved with the use of most MDM programmes.

Despite the mountains of evidence outlining the risks, there are still many firms that have not yet implemented an MDM policy.

When one considers the potential consequences surrounding issues such as data loss and security, implementing an MDM system could in itself be a good New Year's resolution for some companies