Business owners from across the High Desert region are increasingly turning their attention to mobile devices for their employees. Smartphones, tablets, and lightweight portable computing devices are being preferred over desktop systems, and company owners are tempted by the current bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville.
THE BENEFITS AND PERFORMANCE OF BYOD
When it comes to BYOD, business owners think about cost savings and the preferences of staff members who wish to use a single device for personal and work purposes. With BYOD, however, there are two major factors to consider: security and performance.
In terms of security, employees who wish to use their own Windows 10 tablets for work can be easily accommodated with certain settings and strategies provided by Microsoft and approved vendors. A similar approach is offered by Google through the relatively new Android for Work program, which allows enterprise users to set data separation and security policies.
When it comes to performance, BYOD can be a bit tricky. The devices brought by some employees may already be encumbered by too many apps and files, which can significantly reduce performance over time. Performance management for desktop systems can be radically different when compared to mobile devices; the major differentiating factor is the use of flash memory vs. hard drives.
POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH IMPLEMENTING BYOD
Many of the issues that plague desktops and laptops powered by Windows operating systems installed in hard drives can be found in tablets and smartphones, but they tend to develop a lot faster. New mobile devices tend to be lighting-fast when they are brand-new; however, this can quickly change once users start visiting their app marketplaces and installing new items.
There are various BYOD strategies that can be implemented by a company. Configuring devices for business use is only the beginning; there are platform factors to consider as well. For example, a company that opts for virtual servers or cloud services may want to limit business use through remote desktop access; this will require a special configuration of apps, connectivity, and security.
Most smartphones and tablets being used for personal purposes may not be suitable for business unless they are optimized. Before adopting a BYOD policy at companies in the High Desert, business owners should speak to our specialists at Sonic Systems in Victorville. We can help you come up with a strategy that will allow you to take advantage of BYOD.