The Impact of Office Mobility and BYOD on the Enterprise

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The prevalence of technology and the attendant rise in the use of mobile devices and smartphones has been a precursor for their use and integration into the modern office. Advances in communication, mobile technology, and the hectic conventional modern day office life have contributed in encouraging the refinement and development of mobile offices. The most outstanding characteristics and advantages that office mobility and BOYD offers are the flexibility, ease of access and instant communication that it provides to both employees and their employers. With the appropriate equipment, wireless communication and broadband network have made it possible for the most type of office work to be done from anywhere.

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This new system of work is beneficial to the employees, their employers, and clients. It allows employers offer increased flexibility to both their staff and potential employees; this way, they can attract and retain high-quality workers. Mobility offers employees the chance to work wherever and whenever they are most comfortable in, this increases productivity and results in a boosted morale in the workplace. It also offers an instant and efficient communication system between employers, employees and their clients. Clients or customers can benefit when the appropriate tools and flexibility is put in place to ensure that they can meet and communicate outside the official office hours.

Mobile innovations which include cloud computing, wireless technologies, mobile payments, mobile applications, social media, mobile collaborations, mobile health and interconnected machines have all contributed to an accelerated change in the connection between IT, users and how IT staff do their work. Before now, IT was solely tasked with the responsibility of determining which technologies or project were both useful and feasible. They also exclusively had the tools, charter and time necessary to create monitoring and management infrastructure to support these technologies. But now IT staff can access and use company’s data without being necessitated to be at a particular location. However, IT is saddled with an overwhelming array of privacy, compliance, regulatory, security, expense and policy constraints that shape the way IT responds to these changes and IT firms that fail to adapt to these changes will lose their importance in this age of pervasive mobility.

With recent advancement in mobile devices and technology, mobile devices and smartphones have become so advanced and sophisticated that IT staff and other employees alike can do almost any office desk task from remote locations or from wherever they are. They can keep up with emails, virtually attend conferences and meetings, share documents, maintain office productivity and gain instant access to network resources.

Mobile devices give IT staff and employees the required tools and flexibility required to keep with modern work trends and increase their productivity.

Just like other IT managers, employers and employees, we are faced with the overwhelming task of managing mobile devices and business operations across the cloud. There are a great probability and risk of an employee losing his or her mobile device. To the employees, the BYOD system offers greater flexibility and accessibility; it, however, poses a potential security breach and a threat to the company in the case where the employee loses the device. Having an effective mobile device management (MDM) or a mobile application management (MAM) system that has the ability to locate, lock, or even wipe lost devices is a must for IT professionals. Having such a system in place enables us as to IT professionals stand out and it could be the single most important tool that makes office mobility and BYOD really efficient and worth it.