TEMIA produces report on BYOD practices

TEMIA produces report on BYOD practices

The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) has produced a report outlining the best practices for bring your own device (BYOD) strategies.

BYOD Do's and Don'ts was compiled using data from TEMIA members, which the organisation claims are in a good position to give their thoughts on both BYOD and mobile device management, as they manage a total of $61 billion (£40.09 billion) on behalf of businesses.

One of the most surprising facts was that despite 56 per cent of businesses choosing to implement such an approach in order to save money, through perceived reductions in expenses such as mobile services and help desk support, 69 per cent of companies found that their costs either stayed the same or actually rose.

But the report also stresses that such a finding should not cause businesses to dismiss BYOD as an option, as despite the costs there are still a number of good reasons why it cannot be ignored.

For instance, many businesses have claimed that BYOD has had a positive impact on the productivity of employees, which some say is down to workers feeling it gives them a greater level of freedom and choice.

But many experts have warned that BYOD needs to be thought out and well planned in order for it to be effective.

Jeff Poirior president and chief operating officer of Valicom said: "Control is necessary to properly manage BYOD. Preparing the organisation for the hurdles of achieving control is the critical success factor, but the level of control will be specific to each organisation based on their wireless complexity. Approaching the decision with an open mind, and weighing all the options – including hybrid or limited implementation – can help control costs."

BYOD has been a hotly debated topic among many businesses recently as it continues to grow in popularity within many workplaces, mainly due to the rise of smartphones and tablet devices.

Research firm Gartner recently suggested that its popularity could see it being implemented by 50 per cent of businesses by 2017.