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5 Apps That Can Make BYOD More Effective

Talk to any business leader about the advantages of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, and almost every one of them will say the same thing: BYOD has the potential to help employees be more productive. By using personal devices they’re familiar with, employees, in theory, will be able to get more work done and be more organized. But oftentimes, mobile devices are only as good as the apps that are installed on them, and in the case of BYOD, apps can play a major role in having an effective and successful policy. With so many issues surrounding BYOD, there are many apps available that can make a difference. Here are just a few apps that all BYOD companies and employees should check out that go beyond well-known ones like Dropbox and Evernote. Contacts+ When in a business setting, your contacts are of extreme importance. Finding ways to organize all those contacts, however, can be a challenging task. With the Contacts+ app, organizing your contacts is made a lot easier. The apps takes the phone numbers, social media accounts, and email addresses on the device and organizes the contacts based on those categories. When selecting a contact, you also have the...
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The Realities of Employee Compliance with BYOD Rules

Bring your own device (BYOD) has been growing in popularity in recent years. In the workplace, BYOD essentially allows employees to use personal devices for company purposes. This practice has become so widespread that some even predict it will become mandatory by approximately half of employers by the year 2017. This is especially true for midsize and larger enterprises (2,500-5,000 employees) where the practice is more prevalent. While many point to the benefits of such a system, which include greater employee freedom and potential reduces cost to the company, others emphasize the risks, mainly in the realm of security. Much of the success of a BYOD system lies in the hands of the employees themselves. If employees are careful and diligent in following rules that minimize risk, security becomes less of a problem. However, there is evidence to suggest that many employees may not be willing to comply. Young people don’t follow the rules Recent research shows that the younger generation of employees (age 21 to 32), including those who are now just entering the workforce, are resistant to BYOD security policies. Researchers took a survey of 3,200 employees at this age and found that 51 percent were willing to ignore...
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Bring Your Own App: The Benefits and Challenges of a New Trend

A big change is already taking place for businesses across the world as the proliferation of mobile technology rapidly advances. For years, companies have been trying to keep up as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become commonplace in the work environment. Another similar trend is emerging, one taking advantage of the innovations of programmers and entrepreneurs. It’s called Bring Your Own Application (BYOA), and some experts are predicting it will surpass BYOD as the dominant movement in the office. Whereas BYOD is when employees bring their personal devices (tablets, smartphones, laptops) in to work to perform their duties, BYOA is where employees utilize their own chosen apps that are downloaded onto their devices. The two trends are similar in nature in that employees are choosing for themselves how best to do their jobs by using the latest technology. Both strategies carry significant benefits, but they also come with potential concerns that IT departments must address. BYOA is a result of employees looking for the right tools to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. One recent study found 37% of employees who already use apps for work are likely to spend their own money downloading apps in...
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