BYOD Policy at Work? How's Your Mobile Signal?
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Have a BYOD Policy at Work? You’re Going to Need a Reliable Mobile Signal

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has become a commonly discussed concept in enterprise organisations, but we’re yet to see widespread adoption; however, the trends are all suggesting that the next few years might see that change.

A 2017 study by Cisco found that 69% of IT decision-makers were in favour of BYOD, and research conducted by Markets and Markets predicted that the BYOD & Enterprise Mobility Market will be worth $73 billion by 2021.

The Challenges of BYOD

The first is a relinquishing of control.

IT managers, by nature, usually want things locked down, well defined and controlled.  BYOD brings ambiguity.  The employee can literally bring their own stuff into the enterprise, but the technical challenge of controlling and securing the data has been solved to a large degree.

The second challenge is handling the expectation of flexibility – both an expectation by staff members, and by the enterprise as a whole.

Departments do not expect teams to sit in rigid formation, with a hard wire from the network to the individuals’ PC and desk phone. Instead, teams are fluid; with people working with others to get things done in the most efficient way.

Companies Already Using BYOD

The computer game company Valve is an early and maybe an extreme example of what was to come.  In 2013, their employee handbook was leaked onto the web.  It painted a picture of an organisation with no managers and where you chose what you wanted to work on.  This included your desk – which is given to new employees when they join the company – and you can wheel it to wherever you choose, so you can be near the colleagues you need to work with.

Microsoft too, have long had seamless 4G connectivity across their five-building campus in Reading.  Whether you’re at your desk, in a coffee shop, in a meeting room or down by the lake, 4G just works.

In the early 2000s, this was achieved by choosing a mobile provider, giving everyone mobile devices with the same provider, and sticking a huge mast on top of the building.  Microsoft could do this because it had the economies of scale and provider relationships to make it happen.

These days that extreme solution isn’t required.  With small-cell technology, seamless 4G in the building from all four mobile providers is a cost-effective solution to enabling a move to BYOD.

And for owners of commercial buildings, this is both a threat and an opportunity.  As more and more commercial tenants expect this connectivity, you can choose to take the early mover advantage or wait until you have no choice.

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