In a recent national survey of construction professionals and contractors, more than half stated that smartphones are the fastest growing technology device in the building and construction space. With this increase in smartphone use on jobsites, companies are looking for ways to optimize their mobile device expenditures while taking advantage of the productivity benefits of smartphones.
Enter the “bring your own device,” or BYOD, movement. While some industry experts are touting BYOD as the answer to the mobile management dilemma, the strategy comes with its own set of pitfalls.
Here, a quick look at the pros and cons of BYOD so that you can make the choice that is best for your company.
Benefits of BYOD
• Gives employees the freedom and flexibility to use their own personal devices to perform work duties.
• Can enhance productivity because employees are more comfortable with their personal devices and become experts at using them.
• Gives companies the benefit of the latest technology features since personal devices tend to be up-to-the-minute on technology trends.
• Can provide the potential for cost savings, from the purchase of the device and ongoing usage expenses to IT help desk support.
Risks of BYOD
• Can present serious security implications for employers due to the possibility of employees downloading virus-ridden programs or apps or backing up confidential documents to a public cloud.
• May leave companies vulnerable to legal claims or breaches of confidentiality if an employee loses the device or if it is stolen.
• Can cause HR and IT nightmares if employees use their devices without consideration to data plans or overage fees.
Evaluating whether BYOD is right for your company? Download Viewpoint Development Partner, Mobile Solution’s free white paper, “BYOD – Friend or Foe?,” which outlines the most important things to consider with a BYOD program, including information about flexible alternatives to BYOD.