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BYOD for Your Business

Over the past decade, as technology and internet speeds have continued to improve, businesses on both the enterprise level and the SMB level are decreasing their investment in on-premise computing power and shifting investment towards cloud computing. There are major advantages to cloud computing over on-premise computing including mobility, security, disaster recovery, scalability, and decreased capital expenditures through rising popularity of utility pricing models (you can read more about cloud computing on our Cloud Computing 101 page). According to SiliconAngel, over the next five years, we expect corporations to have 44% annual growth in public cloud workloads versus only 8.9% annual growth in on-premise workload. This presents the question: why would companies still invest in on-premise hardware for their employees?
The short answer: they wouldn’t. We already see 44% of employees in mature markets using their own technology at work, and 75% of employees in high growth markets using their own technology.1 By 2020, we expect to see businesses no longer providing PCs and mobile devices to employees. In an age of mobility, it just doesn’t make sense; BYOD policies save money for the company by decreasing CAPEX and increase employee satisfaction and convenience. And with a secure cloud solution like Avatara, security isn’t an issue.

Reduce Costs

By not having to invest in device hardware for employees, companies are able to significantly cut down capital expenditures. No longer do companies have to set up dozens of desktop towers and PCs in a room for each employee. And no longer do those companies need to invest in IT setup costs, setting up each computer, installing software on each one, etc.

Employee Satisfaction

Intuitively, one would imagine that employees might become disgruntled at the decision that they are must bring their own personal devices to work instead of being provided a computer to work from. However, allowing employees the freedom to choose their own devices to work from, especially when most employees already have personal devices they prefer working from, actually tends to increase satisfaction. To be sure, companies can implement partial reimbursement plans that are still cheaper than the investment of hardware. Furthermore, we’re seeing a trend with more employees working from home, and BYOD enables employees the freedom to work more fluidly, conveniently and remotely.

Security

Having confidential company data and files stored on personal employee devices is scary. In our ephemeral age of mobility, these devices frequently end up lost or stolen, presenting a huge potential liability for your company that many business owners just decide isn’t worth it. Now, with cloud computing, however, the biggest security benefit is that your business’s data is never actually stored on the device; instead, everything is accessed remotely in the cloud. The power of cloud computing and VDI is that now these user-provided devices can access virtual computers that are actually in a secure data center. The end device no longer has the customer or company data on it.

In the last decade, two computing trends have begun to emerge more prominently than any others: the progression of cloud computing, as there is more remote computing done in secure data centers than on-premise, and the explosion of consumer devices, as consumers in all sectors now own all sorts of mobile devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets. As a result of these trends, businesses are seeing employees prefer to work from their own devices, very often remotely—in other words, BYOD is happening whether you like it or not. And with new problems to tackle, such as how to manage security on all of these different employee devices no longer in direct reach of the company, this can certainly be scary. But that’s more reason why it makes sense to take an organized, well-designed approach to tackle the security concerns of these inevitable trends rather than try to fight it. A secure cloud solution, such as Avatara’s CompleteCloud, can facilitate this process and ease your company’s approach to BYOD while keeping your data safe.