The changing BYOD landscape | ALC Training News

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Bring your own device (BYOD) offers great promise for businesses willing to implement the strategy, with benefits including lower device costs and less hardware training for staff.

The ability for workers to bring their own smartphones, tablets and laptops into the workplace means companies can cut out hardware expenditure as staff are using their own technology. What’s more, they’ll also be more familiar with the devices (understanding the operating system), meaning greater productivity.

Changes are coming, however, which are certain to have an effect on this trend over the course of 2015 and beyond.  

A growing security market

When companies allot devices to staff there’s often little risk of data security being compromised, as the business controls what services the equipment can access. What’s more, the company can also recall the hardware and wipe it or secure it further if necessary.

This isn’t so with BYOD, as staff are bringing personal hardware from home. It’s easy to see how a staff member could bring in a phone or tablet that has been compromised by a virus. There is then a risk of the virus spreading onto the business network.

Companies are aware of this risk, however, as a report from TechNavio at the end of 2014 found that the global BYOD security market will grow at a combined annual growth rate of 35.23 per cent through to 2019.  

“As BYOD policy is gaining popularity, implementing BYOD security solutions is highly important. [Such solutions] allow remote management of the mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones,” the report explained.  

Tablet sales slowing down

BYOD isn’t limited solely to tablets, but could slowing tablet sales have an impact on the trend? A Gartner report released in January found that demand for the devices is continuing to slip, and growth in 2015 will only see an eight per cent improvement over last year.  

This certainly doesn’t equate to low unit shipments, as Gartner estimates 233 million units will be delivered during the year.

“In the last two years global sales of tablets were growing in double-digits. The steep drop can be explained by several factors,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.  

Mr Atwal explained there’s currently a lack of innovation in the space – something that is causing consumers to hold back. While smartphones continue to include ever-advancing cameras and functionality, tablets have only seen superfluous changes since initial growth in the past few years.  

“One [factor] is that the lifetime of tablets is being extended – they are shared out amongst family members and software upgrades, especially for iOS devices, keep the tablets current.”  

It’s likely that while tablet sales are slowing, the impacts on BYOD will be minimal. Staff will continue to bring the devices into the workplace, and similar two-in-one devices will take up any slack.

Managing the trend in a business environment

Key to the success of any trend in IT is a strong management strategy, ideally one implemented from the outset. Such plans ensure that areas like security are not left out in the cold, and instead are placed in the spotlight throughout use.

With BYOD it’s a good idea to use the ITIL method, a renowned framework for using IT for business transformation. Essentially, this framework means BYOD implementations are correctly managed from as soon as the project starts.  

If you’d like to find out more about the ITIL framework, get in touch with ALC training today. Courses are held throughout Australia, in cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.  

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