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BYOD is Only One Step in a Larger Process

May 05, 2014

As the bring your own device (BYOD) movement continues to evolve, more and more companies are jumping on this nascent bandwagon.

But as a recent blog post from TeoTech.com shows, there’s more to it that just allowing employees to connect their iPhones to the company server and letting them have at it. In order for BYOD to succeed, savvy IT leaders need to step back and take a look at the larger picture before implementing such wide-open access.

“The most effective BYOD programs provide employees with the tools required to enhance productivity, improve communications and collaborate with coworkers in disparate areas,” TeoTech notes. “Companies can benefit tremendously by enabling a mobile workforce, but they must also adapt their strategies to accommodate BYOD participants' needs. The adoption of a unified communications program is a good place to start.”

The blog notes that while BYOD is generally accepted in the industry as a good idea, some aren’t going far enough in their implementations.

“A new Evolve IP (News - Alert) study, which surveyed 974 IT and executive decision-makers, found that 84 percent of organizations that do not currently have a UC strategy are considering or planning to implement one within the next one to three years,” the posting says. “The study also examined the link between UC and BYOD, finding that 60 percent of companies that are leveraging UC services also have a work-from-home program.”

Among the UC services available, video conferencing also seem very popular.

“The study revealed that 72 percent of organizations are using some form of video, whether it be a large conferencing system or a one-on-one desktop solution. Additionally, audio and Web conferencing was found to be most requested UC feature, with unified messaging and instant messaging and presence ranking second and third, respectively,” Teo notes.

In short, by adopting UC solutions, organizations may be able to mitigate many of the risks associated with BYOD. If an enterprise is going to go with BYOD, they might as well go “all in.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

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