How BYOD is driving profitability for SMBs

How BYOD is driving profitability for SMBs

There is no doubting the fact that the rise of mobile technology has been something of a game-changer for many smaller organisations.

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies are now more popular than ever before, with a recent report suggesting over half of companies are expecting to adopt such a system by 2017.

It therefore seems clear that an increasing number of information technology departments in organisations across the country have recognised the advantages that come with the implementation of such an approach .

One of the main benefits is the fact that it allows employees to work remotely, giving them a greater level of flexibility as they can work from any location where there is some level of connectivity.

And when employees can work from anywhere, it means that productivity levels can be improved pretty dramatically, as there is no need for field workers to wait to get back into the office to perform their duties to the full.

This means that companies can improve their operations in a variety of areas, including customer service, as workers can be reached no matter where they are.

Such a greater level of flexibility is combined with lower expenditure on telecom systems and hardware.

Many employers find that the cost of equipping their workers with smartphones or tablet devices can be substantial, while there are often added costs, such as software and replacement devices for when they are lost or stolen.

Yet if an employee is made responsible for their own device, those costs are reduced on the side of the employer, who then only needs to be concerned with whether their workers are using such hardware in the correct way.

When costs to run employee devices are driven down with levels of productivity up, it seems clear that profitability will subsequently increase.

However, just because employees have responsibility over their devices does not mean that organisations themselves do not have any input in a successful BYOD strategy.

Security remains a concern for many chief information officers, so it is vital that firms ensure that they educate their employees on best practice for BYOD, while also ensuring that the right software is in place to keep data secure.