Five Reasons CIOs Should Develop a BYOD Policy

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Still on the fence about developing a BYOD policy for your organization? Worried about viruses, help-desk challenges, lost data and the DIY mentality that simultaneously comes with BYOD? Fear not.

Here are five reasons it’s time to join the BYOD movement and leave the Dark Ages of the enterprise behind.

1. BYOD Leads to Real Business Innovation

Putting tools in the hands of resourceful, do-it-yourself employees drives real business innovation and real return on investment in the form of greater employee productivity. These employees know what their teams need, the specific requirements of the tools they need and how to get it done. Now, all they need is the green light. By supporting and encouraging employees to self-solve inefficiencies, the company’s customers will be better served.

2. BYOD + DIY = Fewer IT Development Backlogs

Enterprise end users want easy-to-use solutions that fit and flex to meet their evolving business needs. Empowering employees to bring their own devices and to use them to find their own solutions greatly alleviates IT development backlogs so you can focus your limited resources on more strategic needs.

3. Every App an Employee is Building is One that IT Isn’t

With BYOD comes DIY. Employees know what tools they need to more effectively do their jobs. Instead of customizing apps and programs to meet their needs, let them figure it out on their own. It’ll save you a headache and make them feel empowered. A win-win.

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4. Employees Will Use the Tools and Programs They Want - with our without the IT department’s permission

With cloud apps for improving productivity cropping up every day at employees’ fingertips, it’s important for you to understand and accept that employees will be using them. So what can be done? Approve the application for use so employees can leverage its full functionality. Support, encourage and enable this trend of employees taking action. You can help by providing application creation training to everyone and letting business users create apps as needed.

5. Security Can Be Solved

Your organization’s social media policy can serve as a rough template for creating a BYOD policy. There’s a level of trust required here, but with proper education beforehand, that can often be attained. The same formula goes for the DIY space, but should be taken one step further: Teach then trust … then observe and embrace. After employees are educated and trust is gained, monitor how the BYOD/DIY policy is being utilized -- what are they bringing, what are they building? -- and learn from it. By being aware of its usage, you can create a secure environment for the tool as well.

Editor's Note: For more insights into the state of the mobile enterprise, read Jane McConnell's Digital Workplace: Social, Mobile and Cloud - Far From Tipping Point

About the author

Ram Shamanna

Ram Shamanna is a Sr. Product Manager for Intuit QuickBase.