Increase Employee Satisfaction, Cut Expenses
Mobile device management is key to any successful Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. BYOD allows businesses to outsource technology. You don’t have to buy laptops, desktops, tablets, or smartphones. Instead, allow employees to use their own such equipment and work where they are most comfortable doing so. An employee may want to work under an umbrella on the beach using their tablet. If they can be productive doing that, why not? In fact, this option may even increase productivity, as it enables employees to get started the moment a job comes up. A job centred on a specific location requires your employee to travel, and that takes time.
The downside of BYOD is that if you don’t adopt mobile device management, there can be massive security risks to the data on internal systems. Avoiding this potential risk requires a strategy that safeguards operations. Features of that strategy often include:
- A cloud-based system which ab the hassle of updates
- Device monitoring that is continuous and remote
- Methods of security enforcement that include system passwords and blacklists
- Regular BDR (Backup and Data Recovery) protocols pertaining to corporate data
- A system of logging and reporting to maintain legal compliance
- The ability to remotely disconnect BYOD tech for unauthorised apps or devices
- A scalable implementation strategy automatically incorporating new users/devices
Cloud computing provides a twofold benefit. Firstly, many cloud platforms come with integrated monitoring features designed to safeguard the cloud you’re using. There’s an inbuilt prerogative to protect operations, and a lot of that prerogative revolves around monitoring devices. But you’ve got a responsibility for security as well. Employees should use passwords that are designed using secure best practices (numbers, letters, and symbols, eight or more characters in length) and those passwords should give them access to restricted internal formats which don’t allow files to be either downloaded or uploaded without special authorisation. Blacklists should be enforced which keep certain users from access to the system.
In addition, you need a contingency plan should the worst-case scenario occur. BDR protocols will usually be in place among cloud providers, but you need to double-check that there’s a protocol in place for your specific operation. Logging and reporting is important for more than just legal compliance; you also want such information available for system security at your end. Remote monitoring protocols enable you to remotely disconnect users who are acting outside protocol, or who are unauthorised, helping you to proactively safeguard your system’s integrity. Crucially, all these things must be designed such that the system can expand without compromise. It all must be scalable.
This may sound like a lot, but there are literally thousands, likely tens of thousands, even among smaller companies, which are saved through BYOD solutions. Employees are often more productive through dint of increased satisfaction. It’s a win-win scenario.
Upgrading Your Business
Mobile device management supporting a BYOD solution will cut expenses and expand profitability while increasing employee retention, protecting your investment in that most important of resources: manpower. At CustomTec, we can help you facilitate a BYOD solution and proactively manage it. Contact us for cutting-edge solutions.