The rage of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) hit the business scene with some very good feedback and high hopes; employees having the ability to use their own devices at work was thought to help productivity, costs, and even the quality of work being produced. However, as the policy was implemented and tested out by a range of different companies, the results were unsatisfying. Here are a few of the downsides that led to companies moving away from BYOD.
1. Security Risks
The largest issue of BYOD is the lack of control each company had over individual devices. As these devices were for personal use as well as business use, it left many doors open for hackers. Cyber attackers could have access to a great deal of company information through one small, unnoticeable door found with a random employee.
2. The Hassle of Configuration
There were many restrictions and requirements for a BYOD device. Each personal device had to be equipped with the apps, software, and programs needed to service the work needed, as well as blocks and restrictions to safeguard its security. A great host of complications, headaches, and technical issues were presented not only for the IT department charged with reviewing these devices, but for the employees themselves who found their devices far more complicated and difficult to manage than before.
With BYOD, companies needed to pay for the plans, maintenance, app purchases, and other necessary expenses to ensure their employees’ devices were up-to-date, efficient, and able to complete the tasks necessary. With such a wide range of devices being presented to them, the task of paying for all the necessities became overwhelming. Additionally, the IT departments had to be expanded to combat the security risks presented and ensure each device did not leak out crucial company secrets.
What Companies are Using Instead
Companies had to fill the hole left when BYOD turned out poorly. Here are a few alternative policies and techniques being used by leading companies, and how they’re proving beneficial in ways BYOD failed.
1. CYOD (Chose Your Own Device)
With CYOD, companies can provide devices to their employees that are fully secure, fully equipped, and cost-effective from the moment they’re received. This allows companies to control the use of the device, how secure it is, and ensure it’s preprogrammed with all the necessary data to save the employee time as well as the IT department. However, the previous trouble of multiple devices requiring different expertise and costs still stands. With this in mind, the privilege of CYOD is often reserved for higher-ranking management or select individuals.
2. EOD (Enterprise Owned Device)
Following the latest trends in technology is still crucial for getting a foothold in an industry, and with this in mind, many companies are personally selecting and then providing their employees with the needed devices. This has the downside of employees being unfamiliar with their newly assigned Galaxy Note when they’re more comfortable with an iPad, but it allows companies to control and ensure the security, the functionality, and the cost of each device while still equipping them with the best and the most up-to-date devices.
3. IoT (Internet of Things)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that covers all aspects of our lives becoming more digitized – toasters that know when to activate, cars that drive for you, glasses that connect to the internet. Many businesses are adopting the policy of choosing more internet-enhanced devices that allow employees to do more, do it faster, and do it more efficiently. A simple smartwatch can allow a high-ranking manager to review all the latest information at incredible speed, and companies can guarantee that their employees have all the best devices to rival the competition. This would have been impossible with BYOD, should managers be more satisfied with their outdated devices.The trend of BYOD was expected to do very well -- thrusting companies and their workers forward into an age of comfort, efficiency, and cost reduction. However, when put into practice, other techniques were proven to be more effective and more profitable. Reasons such as these have motivated companies to move onto the next best thing, and away from BYOD.