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.
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 choice to communicate with them through whatever social media outlets are available for that person, making it easy to choose the best way to reach out to them.
- Kingsoft Office
Using the full capabilities of Office software can be tricky, but the Kingsoft Office app features an interface that makes it easy to manage for any user. Kingsoft Office is compatible with other more well-known programs like LibreOffice and MS Office, while also providing storage support on the cloud. With the free Kingsoft Office, you’ll be able to organize your documents and create new files with the ease found on your mobile device.
One of the biggest concerns business leaders have with BYOD is how to make sure the personal devices are mostly used for work purposes while still keeping company data secure. The Divide app addresses this concern by separating business data from personal data on the device. The app does this by creating a separate desktop for using business data. This separation also comes with encryption for the business side of things along with added password protection. In the unfortunate event that a device is lost or stolen, business data will remain protected by the app.
- Find My iPhone
Lost devices happen all the time. The very idea is enough to give business leaders nightmares if a BYOD policy has been implemented since devices may have sensitive company information on them. That’s why BYOD devices should have apps like Find My iPhone on them. Find My iPhone pretty much works like it sounds, by finding your lost device through GPS and another mobile device or computer. There are other similar apps available for different smartphones. Finding a lost device can save a lot of headaches not only by protecting company data but by avoiding having to wipe all information from the device.
- Mobile Backup & Restore
Preventing a potential disaster is always advisable. With that in mind, the Mobile Backup & Restore app is an excellent way to make sure all the important information on a device is saved and ready for use. Mobile Backup & Restore works by taking items of your choosing and saving them on the cloud. Items you choose to save may include contacts, photos, files, text history, and call history, and the app can be set up to automatically save selected files daily or weekly. When needed, the files can be accessed on the cloud whenever you want them. By having backups regularly made, employees and managers won’t have to worry about losing important data due to lost devices or technical mishaps. The information will always be there, and the Mobile Backup & Restore app helps make that happen.
BYOD is sometimes not an easy transition for companies to make. Many different factors can serve to complicate matters, and security and data protection concerns remain challenges that must be tackled. But as BYOD expands, apps have been developed to make the transition a lot easier. As can be seen, these apps deal with security issues and help employees perform tasks more efficiently. With these apps in hand, companies will be able to get the most out of BYOD, namely a higher degree of productivity.