BYOD benefits: Industry experts weigh in

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While BYOD conjures up security nightmares for IT departments, it can have significant benefits for enterprises, such as increased employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as reduced training and hardware costs.

In a blog post on SmartData Collective, Jon Smith, an e-marketing specialist at Insight UK, shares the views of three UK industry experts on the advantages of BYOD for the enterprise.

John McKinlay, a partner at the law firm of DLA Piper, argues that BYOD keeps employees happy by improving their user experience. "With the growth of personal use of technology through smartphones and tablets, it is no longer acceptable for the 'user experience' of office technology to lag behind," he says.

"While employees understand security concerns, if they are defeated at every turn by unfamiliar devices or restrictive download policies, they will either disengage or (potentially worse) find ways to use their own technology 'under the radar'," he warns.

Eileen Rainsberry, marketing manager at Novell, says the key BYOD advantage is greater employee productivity. "BYOD allows employees to use devices they are both comfortable and familiar with, resulting in greater productivity and even potential savings on training and hardware," she notes.

"But while BYOD is transforming the way we all work and employees love the flexibility it brings, we shouldn't forget that it needs to be backed up with policy and processes to ensure that valuable corporate data remains secure and in the right hands," she adds.

Neil Atkinson, managing director of human resources experts Deminos, agrees with Rainsberry about the increased employee productivity that BYOD brings. "As well as increased levels of staff motivation, which comes from staff being able to take their tablets and phones home with them, they may end up doing more work in their own time as well. Employees are happier, more comfortable and often work faster if they use their own devices," he says.

"These mobile devices are also often newer and more advanced than the equipment deployed by many IT departments. As people are increasingly using devices such as iPads and smartphones, BYOD is helping to change the way people want to work," he concludes.

For more:
- read Smith's blog

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