If you've worked with enterprise IT decision-makers for any amount of time, then you know that when it comes to any new technology trend, the deciding factor isn't going to be how cool or exciting or cutting-edge it is. The deciding factor is going to be whether the new technology trend has practical business value. Luckily, when it comes to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), there's practical business value aplenty. Cost savings aside, one of the most compelling aspects of BYOD is how it can increase employee productivity. Let's take a look at why.
In the first place, BYOD can greatly enhance employees' job satisfaction, particularly among younger, more tech-savvy workers. BYOD is widely considered a job perk, and it's not hard to figure out why: when given the choice between a stodgy, years-old corporate Blackberry or the sleek and snazzy new smartphone they just bought, just about anyone would rather use their own device. Having that choice can make an employee look on their workplace (and their work) more favorably. And that will lead to a greater willingness to work—the fabled employee engagement that leads to improved employee productivity.
But the benefits of BYOD go beyond simple job satisfaction. The simple fact is that, when implemented correctly, BYOD raises employee productivity by giving workers better access to the files and applications they need to stay productive even while away from the office. The last few generations of consumer-grade smartphones tend to interface better with the cloud services many enterprises are adopting, allowing employees to get to their documents no matter where they are. Modern smartphones and other mobile devices, like tablets, also come with robust collaboration and productivity tools so that employees can do actual work while on the go.
Speaking of being on the go, BYOD creates a more connected mobile workforce by making employee connectivity and, therefore, employee productivity more convenient. People tend to bring their personal smartphones (and, in many cases, their tablets as well) everywhere, all the time. Making their business contacts, messages, emails, and documents available on those personal devices means that now, employees can take their work with them wherever their smartphones go. This improved employee availability will help ensure that whatever needs to get done, gets done, and much more quickly than it could in the absence of BYOD support.
All these factors and more combine to make BYOD a major stimulus of employee productivity. That is, of course, as long as the proper backend networking and security infrastructure are in place to enable and secure enterprise endeavors—and that's where VARs come in. As the trusted technology advisor to a BYOD organization, you'll be called upon to suggest technology to protect your customers' security and data privacy. A partnership with a well-known vendor, as Solutionary's work with Fortinet demonstrates, can help boost your offerings. If you don't feel quite up to the task, speak with an Ingram Micro information security and business development specialist today to learn how to get started.
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