BYOD — employees bringing their own smartphones, tablets, and laptops to work — is here to stay.
Employees are already making business calls with personal devices. In fact, 50 percent of employees use their mobile devices while sitting right next to their desk phones.
Gartner Research predicts 50 percent of businesses will adopt BYOD policies by 2017.
Companies must take an honest look at both the risks and benefits of BYOD.
Risks vs. benefits
Today 68 percent of IT decision-makers view BYOD as a security risk.
Indeed, there’s significant risk for a company when customer relationships and company data are stored on personal devices. Further, integration into the company communications environment can be challenging.
Yet there are significant benefits to BYOD.
- Reduces budget for devices
- Employees can choose the device they want.
- Increases productivity: Eighty-eight percent of employees use their mobile phones for work while on personal time, including lunch breaks, outside of office hours or on vacation.
How to gain these considerable benefits while minimizing risk and inconvenience?
As this short video highlights, the RingCentral Office cloud phone system integrates smartphone mobile apps that empower IT to manage all users, across multiple locations, while securing company data — enabling BYOD without the downside.