BYOD and the Cloud Get Cozy

Enterprise corporations spend millions of dollars supplying employees with devices for work each year. Add in regular upgrades, replacements and support, and you’ve got a significant chunk of the IT budget dedicated to making sure employees have company laptops, smartphones and tablets. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? As it turns out, many organizations are finding that it’s easy to reduce hardware expenses while increasing employee productivity through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, especially when those companies take advantage of cloud technology.

How does BYOD help?
I’ve worked at several places where I routinely thought, “The computer they’re making me use is so old and slow; I wish I could just work with my laptop instead. It has a bigger screen, newer hardware and my digital copy of The Fury of the Aquabats, too.”

Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation. People feel more comfortable using their own computers. They don’t have to learn to use an operating system they don’t like, don’t have to switch to a smaller screen and don’t have to go through the tedious process of moving all 57,438 pictures of Mrs. Kitty Whiskers the Feline Wonder to a new computer to use as a screensaver.

Companies have started to figure this out. A happy employee is a productive employee. Businesses can reduce training needs, refrain from purchasing and upgrading new computers and they get workers who are more productive and have vested interests in caring for their machines. It’s a win for everyone.

What does it have to do with Cloud Computing?
Consider this scenario: One of your employees uses her own laptop for work. She has a lot of company data on it that includes sensitive client information. One day, her laptop is stolen. What do you do? It’s unlikely the information is encrypted and now some thief has access to your data. This is why cloud computing is a major component of the success of BYOD — and vice versa.

If you have a central cloud storage platform and all employees work exclusively from it, without saving it to their computers first, all your data is safe and sound. Plus, if someone’s laptop is stolen or they spill coffee on it, they can resume work from any other machine. Cloud storage makes BYOD feasible and more secure, and BYOD highlights the benefits of the cloud.

Where Will it Lead?
BYOD is a major motivating factor in the shift toward cloud computing. It’s not surprising, considering the benefits that employees and employers get from it. The trend will definitely continue, with each solution driving the other. Eventually, it’ll be more common for employees to use their own devices, and IT budgets can shift toward providing a better, more comprehensive cloud package. People will be able to do their work from anywhere, on any machine, without worrying about data loss. We’ll see more innovation from companies that switch to BYOD and the cloud, because people won’t be tied to the office, allowing creativity and inspiration to drive their work, no matter where they are.

Author Bio
Emily Miller is a marketing professional in the e-commerce and tech startup industry. Her educational background is in Small Business Management, and she has been contributing regularly to Technected.

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3 Responses to “ BYOD and the Cloud Get Cozy ”

  1. Adam on July 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Cloud computing and BYOD go hand-in-hand. Cloud computing can make BYOD happen by addressing two of the main challenges of BYOD – security and device management.

    How? By hosting applications and data in a secure cloud environment, they are kept off employees’ personal devices. In addition, IT staff don’t need to bother with installing corporate applications on different types of devices. They just give the users a URL to connect to.

    One solution that facilitates this approach is Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that allows users of any device with an HTML5-compatible browser (including iPads, iPhones and Android devices) to connect to hosted Windows applications or VDI virtual desktops and run them in a browser tab. There’s nothing to install on the end user devices, which reduces IT support headaches.

    For an online, interactive demo visit: http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom

  2. Susan Bilder on August 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Keeping secure data off personal devices does plug one potential breach, but that does not make cloud computing the answer to all data protection problems. Applications should be configured to include encryption to make sure data is not intercepted on public networks, and users should be made aware of security policies regarding access to the cloud based applications. Losing a laptop with a notepad document containing a list of passwords can be even worse than losing a laptop containing data.

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