3 Reasons Why BYOD Is Great For SMBs

Recently I have carried a few posts about bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own cloud (BYOC) from Gartner and my own particular take on what what seems to be a growing phenomenon. For the small to medium sized business owners there is a tremendous amount of plus points to look at if they are looking at going cloudside.

When a SMB looks at implementing new technologies into the work place there are a number of aspects that can cause problems – financial implications, staff acceptance and technical knowledge being just three. BYOC Can help smooth you through the transition. Here’s how.

1. BYOD Solves Finance

Once of the key benefits of cloud computing is that it offers the ability for remote working but the downside of that BYOD enables you to appear to be benevolent employer and offer staff the opportunity to link to your chosen cloud service provider using their own preferred device. Oh, and did I mention you would not be saddled with the expense of paying for portable devices so staff could work flexibily!

2. BYOD Solves Staff Acceptance

  • Employees are more attracted to firms that allow staff to bring their own device (BYOD), according to research by cloud computing specialist Nasstar
  • Nasstar questioned 300 of its SMB customers to find out what boosts staff morale and attracts people to a new company
  • According to the findings, three quarters of respondents said that allowing staff to use their own smartphone, laptop or tablet in the workplace would position their firm as a “flexible and attractive” employer
  • In addition, 64 per cent of SMB chiefs already allow staff to use their own devices, with 64 per cent saying they had written policies in place for staff wishing to do so.

3. BYOD Solves Technical Knowledge

Given that there’s a slight possibility that The Boss may be a genius at running his business there’s nothing to say he is a technical whizzkid, too so might be overawed by the challenges of integrating portable computing into his cloud infrastructure. Step forward the smartphone and tablet owner!

By the very fact they own a device smartphone and tablet owners will be pretty much clued up on how they work with the multitude of cloud based services from Google Drive and Dropbox to the more complex and sophisticated packages such as SugarSync and Box. Offer them the chance to BYOD and the odds are they will bite your hand off for the opportunity.

Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.

  • Nice information, Well, talking about the raising BYOD trend. We are now seeing more and more employees of enterprises willing to bring Macbooks to the office. But Windows with its amazing success is still pretty much predominant in 99% of all corporations around the world. This has started posing serious challenges for the management; How to manage these Macs, How to keep the business data safe and secure, etc.

    Luckily, the cloud technology is there to address these challenges. With Hosted Virtual Desktops these organizations can integrate Macs in a Windows-centric world, their employees can run licensed Microsoft Windows, Office 2010 on their Mac, and these organizations can let their employees bring in their Mac, which they want to use, but at the same time provide security and protection of the corporate assets, intellectual property, and their reputation.

    Related info:
    http://www.dincloud.com/hosted-virtual-desktop

  • Jon

    While BYOD is the buzz word of 2012 there are still some major hurdles to overcomes before it is fully adopted by businesses. While employees in surveys stay they’d like to bring their own laptop/tablet to work have they truly considered what happens with maintenance.

    This brings another questions what do businesses do regarding security? As they’re potentially opening up their network to unsafe devices.

    This article might be a good read if you’re looking at some tips on managing a BYOD scheme http://blog.insight.com/2012/02/managing-byod-scheme/

  • As a small hospital, we didn’t try to solve all our BYOD issues, but focused on the main one first, doctors texting patient info. We decided to use Tigertext, which deletes the text messages after a period of time, making it HIPAA compliant.

    I don’t know if this is the best solution for everyone, but it was an easy and cost effective way to deal with this issue. It was added to the IT departments responsbilities, but once the departments business objectives where redefined on this issue, they were able to handle it better.

    The BYOD issues that IT departments are dealing with are only going to become more complex in the future and your article raised some important points.

    I also found this article on BYOD that adds to your article with some additional charts and findings:

    http://byod.us/bring-your-own-device-importance-of-defining-business-objectives/

    also: http://www.tigertext.com