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In 2017, the total number of smartphone users worldwide had reached 2.23 billion, and it is expected to grow even more by 2020. The effects of this trend on business is significant, as employees are taking advantage of the BYOD benefits and companies find themselves in need of establishing Enterprise Mobility strategies.
Employee productivity and satisfaction
Apart from saving money, which is an important parameter, offering employees access to their own devices can have a boosting effect on their self-confidence and productivity. This is a perfectly reasonable outcome, since they are familiar with their devices and the user interface. According to relevant studies, the use of personal devices for business activities enables employees to save approximately 58 minutes per day, and thus increase their productivity by 34%. Especially for SMBs, this can have both short-term and long-term effects on productivity.
Proper use, policies and safety
In any case, it is important for any business to develop and enforce a cohesive Enterprise Mobility strategy. According to IDC estimates, by 2020, 72.3% of the global workforce will be mobile. As a result, businesses will have to examine their policies and ensure that they are using the right approach. This means aligning the specific needs of their industry with their corporate policies, size, style, budget, IT and so on.
Today, the three main business approaches to EM are the following: 1) Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), 2) Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and 3) Corporate-Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE).
Safety and tools
Given that it is very likely that BYOD will dominate the SMB landscape, each business will need to enforce strict policies, in accordance with its needs and in such a way that BYOD will ultimately be profitable.
One of the strategies that has not been emphasized enough, but is relatively easy to enforce, is encryption. Users often do not realize how easily one can access the data stored in their mobile phone or their laptop, in case their device is lost or stolen. Encryption will certainly prevent this risk.
Similarly, businesses often underestimate the importance of data and its unified management. If found in the wrong hands, emails, contacts, notes, photos etc. can pose significant safety issues, and ultimately damage your business. Thankfully, there are many available software tools that -apart from encryption- offer remote wipe features.