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Unified Communications and How It's Empowering Workforces to Leverage the BYOD Trend


May 22, 2013

With recently revealed statistics showing that nearly 82 percent of surveyed companies this year allow either some or all of their workers to use employee-owned devices and 38 percent of U.S. CIOs began to support a bring your own device (BYOD) environment by the end of last year, what are some of the primary factors driving the increasing popularity of this trend? Surprisingly, the answer falls under the categories of productivity and satisfaction rather than a reduction in expenses, which may have been the go-to answer for many.

According to analyst firm Gartner, “BYOD could also expand the total number of mobile users substantially -- by 50 percent or more.”  

Thus, while many are hopping on the BYOD bandwagon at a rapid pace, there are still many hesitant companies that have yet to overcome certain challenges in relation to security and the opportunity its opens for potential cyber attacks, in addition to lack of compatibility. To get over the pretty massive humps caused by these obstacles, unified communications expert Teo has authored a blog post that highlights key tips to be mindful of when beginning to leverage BYOD.

First, separate your work tasks from your personal endeavors on each and every gadget you utilize. “By actively attempting to segment a device between work and home profiles, employees can keep the two worlds separate. Many people have two e-mail accounts: one for work and one for personal use. If possible, use different apps for each e-mail address. It will make it easier to avoid what friends and family send during work hours and will prevent mixing up or missing important work memos,” Teo recommends.

Second, ensure your devices are always fully charged. It is pretty impossible for even the most technologically savvy individuals to complete time-sensitive work if their smartphone or tablet dies due to lack of battery life. In order to rest assured that you can forever eliminate the possibility of infuriating a customer or even your boss due to your lack of responsiveness, having a charger everywhere you look isn’t the worst idea. Keep one in your car, at your office and in your home, and your mobile device will always be there when and where you need it.

Third, download essential business applications without delay. The thought behind this sentiment is that because there are nearly 800,000 apps currently ready to be downloaded by both Android and iPhone users alike, many will assist you in becoming more efficient in your every day routine like Evertone, QuickOffice and Pocket Information for example.

Fourth, it is important to note here that in order to be looked upon as a thought leader in any industry; your business must continue to embrace newly debuted technological innovations such as a unified communications (UC) platform. With all of the UC-related solutions out there, how will you ever pick the right one to meet your individual company’s goals? Check out this white paper for starters.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey




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