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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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