Flex­i­ble Workspaces

The BYOD strat­egy should en­sure se­cure cor­po­rate data and net­works, min­i­mize cost of im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment

Voice&Data - - BYOD -

Gone are the days when the work­place was be­ing con­fined to a par­tic­u­lar place; to­day’s work en­vi­ron­ment is tran­si­tion­ing. On-the-move work cul­ture is gain­ing trac­tion; work­force is em­pow­ered to de­liver work from any­timeH any­whereH and on any de­vice.

Thanks to the tech­nol­ogy which has re­warded both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees equally; Bring Qour Own Me­vice (BQOM) which is driven by mo­bil­i­tyH con­sumer­iza­tion of ITH and pro­lif­er­a­tion of de­vices is trans­form­ing the tra­di­tional cor­po­rate struc­ture.

BQOM trend is get­ting ab­sorbed into cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment at a faster pace. Many or­ga­ni­za­tions are com­pletely com­fort­able as it en­sures more flex­i­bil­i­tyH im­proved em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity and sat­is­fac­tionH fosters good­will along­side driv­ing down IT costs.

Nev­er­the­lessH there are many pit­falls to watch out forH but if ex­e­cuted suc­cess­ful­lyH em­brac­ing the con­sumer­iza­tion of en­ter­prise IT can pay div­i­dends by re-en­gag­ing a jaded work­forceH sim­pli­fy­ing cum­ber­some work­flowsH and of­fer­ing a launch pad to a next gen­er­a­tion of more sup­pleH us­able and main­tain­able soft­ware.

Nn­ter­prises will have to keep a tab on the se­cu­rity of data and have con­trol on the data. Set­ting a right BQOM ap­proach and a pol­icy is the key to main­tain data se­cu­ri­tyH con­trol costsH and min­i­mize risk. In­deedH there is lit­tle anx­i­ety about tech­nol­ogy; en­ter­prises ought to fo­cus on pol­icy and plan dili­gently to deal with BQOM.

This mode of work cul­ture has a great po­ten­tial and it be­com­ing in­evitable. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent global sur­veyH Cisco Con­nected Porld Tech­nol­ogy Re­port (CC- PTR) 41% of students pre­fer com­pa­nies that of­fer flex­i­bil­ity with de­vices.

Set­ting Strat­egy

Above all the flex­i­bil­ity and IT cost re­duc­tionH ‘Cor­po­rate Mata’ is at the pedestal and the data can be highly vul­ner­a­ble. BQOM strat­egy should en­sure se­cure cor­po­rate data and net­worksH min­i­mize cost of im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­mentH con­trol and re­duce call and de­vice costs. And en­forc­ing pol­icy strictly is cru­cial.

In the BQOM strat­egy or­ga­ni­za­tions should clearly de­fine which de­vices and oper­at­ing sys­tems should be sup­ported. The strat­egy must de­fine the bound­aries be­tween per­sonal and busi­ness us­age and li­a­bil­ity. App man­age­ment can­not be ig­noredH it has to men­tion about the ap­pli­ca­tions that can­not and can be ac­cessed. The other in­dis­pen­si­ble part of

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