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Five Questions to Ask Before Investing in BYOD

Gil Cattelain

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August 28, 2014 11:00 am

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Five Questions to Ask Before Investing in BYOD

Telecommuting is becoming one of the biggest perks that workers demand from their employers today. In fact, Forrester predicts that 63 million—or about 43 percent of the U.S. workforce—will work from home by 2016.

This may be something you are interested in rolling out in your organization. But before you allow workers to telecommute, consider the fact that it means your employees will be accessing important information over personal devices like laptops and personal PCs. This is called bring your own device (BYOD). and it comes with its share of security challenges. So first, round up your IT staff and iron out some basic endpoint management guidelines for telecommuting. Start by asking the following questions:

  1. How quickly do you need to scale? If you start to allow telecommuting, or remote working, you could have hundreds—or thousands—of mobile devices you will need to manage. Instead of making life miserable for your IT staff, invest in a solution that can help you scale quickly to meet your needs.
  2. How do you want to manage your end users? Best practices call for focusing less on how employees use their personal devices at home, and more on how to protect the information you let them access. This will ensure that your employees’ privacy, and your data, remain protected.
  3. Are your employees already using BYOD? Chances are, your employees are already using corporate applications like email at home. Try sending a poll asking what they typically use, and how often they use it. This will help you navigate the migration process, and will make it easier to proceed with unrolling BYOD management features.
  4. What will your business need to provide for its remote workers? If you are serious about implementing services for full-time remote workers, make a list of the essential services and databases that they will need to do their jobs.
  5. What information will you allow remote workers to access? Once you have a general idea of what applications your remote workers will need to access, assess what information you will allow to leave the confines of the office. This is critical for staying in compliance in certain industries, and for preventing too much information from spreading beyond your control.

Learn more about how Novell ZENworks Mobile Management can help you ensure an easy BYOD migration.

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