Is BYOD DOA? Not for MSPs

by Ashley Leonard, president and CEO of Verismic

Driven by the introduction of new technology and the desire to increase employee productivity, employers are embracing Bring Your Own Device policies. 2016, Gartner expects 38% of companies to stop providing devices to workers. Whether in the office, at home or working remotely, BYOD allows for effortless device connectivity and exchange of data and information anywhere, anytime.

The benefits are clear for companies; increased flexibility and productivity for staff, and increased profitability for the business. Employees gain privileges in mobility and freedom to choose from a wide range of devices and applications. Over 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018, according to Forrester Research. For MSPs, the opportunities are growing significantly.While there are benefits to employees using personal devices, organisations are experiencing numerous challenges. The complexity of managing multiple-platform devices obscures the movement’s benefits, forcing companies to weigh the costs of providing secure access to a corporate network and implementing measures to avoid potential hazards.

The real inhibitor for uptake is not necessarily the security implications of applying a BYOD solution or policy. It’s about balancing costs between increased flexibility versus the management and control of personally owned devices.

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