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.
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.