BYOD enters Oxford English Dictionary

BYOD enters Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced that its latest online revision has accepted a whole host of new words and terms.

Definitions for a total of 44 new words have been included in the latest edition, with the inclusions of the term BYOD being a particular highlight for those with an active interest in technology.

The definition reads: "BYOD n. [mass noun] the practice of allowing the employees of an organisation to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes."

Technological terms being accepted by the OED are nothing new, but the inclusion of BYOD could be used as a way of adequately defining its current role in the way companies go about their business in an age that is becoming increasingly dominated by the use of gadgets.

When one considers the fact that any word that enters the dictionary can then never be deleted, some analysts are beginning to wonder whether its inclusion points to the fact that it has now been widely accepted by the mainstream of the business community.

Such a noticeable level of acceptance is arguably unsurprising, as more business are beginning to understand the advantages of having a BYOD approach integrated within their organisation.

One of the main driving forces behind the trend is the amount of money that can be saved by allowing employees to use their own devices for work purposes, whether it be their laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Many workers often have devices that are newer and far more advanced than those that could be offered by any IT department.

There is also plenty of evidence available to suggest that allowing workers to use their own device not only improves their productivity, but also enhances their happiness and loyalty towards the company.

The fact that the term BYOD has now taken its place among the elite in the OED, suggests that this is a trend that is unlikely to go away any time soon.