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Do Bring Your Own Device Policies Open Up More Risks for Your Company?BYOD from Mobile solutions

If you’ve been considering a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for your company – or already have one in place – you may have been caught off guard by the recent California appeals court ruling that says companies must reimburse employees for work-related uses of personal devices. And, you may be wondering what this means for you and your company.

There’s no doubt that BYOD has its benefits, including increased employee convenience and flexibility. On the other hand, BYOD can pose serious risks for enterprises, including data breaches, loss of data and security violations. And now, the court’s ruling has companies scrambling to address this additional complication, which has real implications for companies with California operations who have a BYOD policy.

In a nutshell, the ruling states that California-based employers “must pay some reasonable percentage of the employee’s cell phone bill.” While only applying right now to companies with operations in California, it is a good reminder to all employers that a solid, well thought out BYOD policy can mitigate a lot of uncertainty and unnecessary headaches.

What can you do?

One potential solution is a hybrid approach called Buy Your Own Device. In essence, Buy Your Own Device allows an employee to choose the exact device they want while giving the company control over the management of the device and its plan. So, the employee is happy to have their preferred device, and the company is happy to maintain the security and control they need over their data and networks.

Today’s technology advancements, such as the Managing Wireless Assets (MWA) platform from Viewpoint Development Partner Mobile Solutions, are enabling this level of flexibility and control over mobile devices. Expert consultants at Mobile Solutions are available to discuss whether a BYOD policy or another option is right for your business.

 

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Guest post by Matt Harris, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Viewpoint

agcxmlThe opportunity to re-examine agcXML and standards-based information exchange protocols has re-ignited the potential for the realization of complete software interoperability in the construction technology market. The agcXML project was launched in 2009 and led by the Associated General Contractors. Viewpoint Construction Software has been a proponent of the effort since its inception, and believes the entire construction market will benefit from the adoption of improved data exchange standards. The key, now, will be for the agcXML leaders, including both construction companies and construction technology providers, to work collaboratively and efficiently on the form and adoption of the standards. This issue was examined further in the article by Mike Carrozzo, agcXML Reboot Fuels Optimization for Software Interoperability and Interoperability Intrigue; The reboot of agcXML efforts raise questions, as well as hope, for the idea of software integration. ConstrucTech, May/June 2013 issue, Pages 22-23.

What are your thoughts on moving to an agcXML standard? Do you feel this would benefit or be a detriment to the construction technology landscape?

For more information about how a board of contractors and software vendors are putting aside the interests of their respective businesses for the sake of the betterment of the industry, read the latest from the AGC Newsletter.

Matt Harris, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development

Matt HarrisMatt is responsible for Viewpoint’s strategic growth initiatives. Previously he was Chief Marketing Officer of TigerStop LLC where he helped to lead a turn-around of a factory automation leader through new product development, international growth, and strategic customer initiatives. Prior to this he and his family lived in the Netherlands where he ran, as VP and General Manager, the highest growth division of FEI, a global leader in electron microscopy solutions. In addition, Matt has extensive Strategy, M&A and Operational executive roles with FEI and Planar Systems, Inc. He began his career with General Electric in a technical leadership program.

Matt has been active in the Portland business community and has served on the boards of the Software Association of Oregon Foundation, The Oregon Bioscience Association, The Oregon Innovation Network, the Oregon Technology Awards, and the Stanford Business School Alumni Association.

Matt has engineering and psychology degrees from Cornell and his MBA from Stanford University.

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