The power of BYOD

BYOD, Bring your own device is something I’ve discussed here before, but let’s take a deeper look.
Essentially BYOD is a new trend in Higher Ed and commercial markets of promoting mobile learning and communication throughout the organization. Frankly, its a cheaper solution for companies to provide employees with their own mobile devices. The CIO of law firm Foley & Lardner LLP stated in an online interview, ‘BYOD integration saved his company $100,000 in hardware expenses.’

Where is BYOD implemented?
Companies like Dell use it, while Apple promotes their own iOS platform and tools to create BYOD programs.
Healthcare
Higher education

The biggest challenge for companies implementing BYOD is data protection. Security and server-related problems pose a threat to virtual environments. We as consumers want to ensure data is transferred safely onto the devices of our liking. Solution? Pair seasoned veterans offering virtualization and data protection products with companies who are integrating this into their workforce. I’ve researched three different companies offering cost-effective solutions to this challenge.
VMware, a large-scale enterprise solution for virtualization
Infinio, a Boston-based startup addressing data storage
Syncsort, a mid-sized company in New Jersey specializing in data protection and integration

With the rise of electronic medical records (EMRs), the need for BYOD to accommodate an ever-changing workforce is greatly needed. A major concern to healthcare professionals, however, has been making these initiatives adhere to HIPAA rules and regulations. Solution? Make sure organizations set clear guidelines for employees’ usage and ensure HIPAA compliance.

Lastly, Higher Education has seen a shift in digital learning. It would be an expensive feat for school districts to provide each student with a laptop, smart phone or tablet. So, encouraging personal devices in the classroom only sounded appropriate. One challenge is whether districts can support this infrastructure and added bandwidth. Solution? Perhaps schools should partner with internet providers (Verizon’s 4G network) to find scalable network solutions.

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