BYOD trends grow, provide large benefits for business

Being able incorporate an employee's existing technology, whether it a a computer, smartphone or tablet, is on a number of CIOs minds. Bring your own device (BYOD) policies carry with them the stigma of security issues. Yes, workers can access data from anywhere, but who knows what virus is also on that iPhone that can infect and bring down a business. While that is an extreme example, the benefits of BYOD solutions outweigh any potential risks.

A new report from Digium – a telecommunication company – broke down the numbers to see how BYOD integration is helping small and midsize businesses (SMBs) save both time and money.

According to the report, by implementing BYOD and mobile device policies, companies can save 115 minutes a day per employee. To put that into perspective, an SMB with 100 employees can save 191 hours a day, 49,660 hours (or 6,207 eight hour work days), which is the equivalent of adding 23 full-time employees. To put some money behind that, that's an estimated savings of $920,000 annually.

"Just think what your business could accomplish this year if every employee in your organization had an extra 115 minutes in their day to focus on the projects that really impact your growth and success," wrote Carolyn Crummey for the website Smallbiz Technology. "It’s not too good to be true.  It’s Unified Communications."

BYOD practices are a growing trend. According to a new survey from desktop solution provider MokaFive, 88 percent of respondents said that their companies had some form of BYOD, whether sanctioned by the IT department or not.

Businesses in Ohio that are interested in added BYOD solutions would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm to ensure they are procuring a complete solution.

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