When it comes to mobile technologies, there are many acronyms. With all the acronyms, many businesses feel as though they’re navigating an alphabet soup… only the experience is far less tasty and pleasant.

One of those acronyms is BYOD, which stands for “Bring Your Own Device.” Over the past several years, BYOD has become increasingly popular. Read on to learn more about it and how it can affect your organization.

Why Are People Bringing Their Own Devices to Work?

For years, the IT department dictated which devices employees could use as well as which software those devices could run. Employees didn’t have very much choice in the matter, and frequently, their user experience was frustrating.

Towards the end of the first decade of the 21st century, a new breed of consumer technology came onto the market. These mobile devices were portable, sleek, offered a positive user experience, and could actually make employees more productive regardless of whether they were in the office or not.

Employees embraced the idea of being able to bring their own devices into the workplace. For the first time, they had the power to choose their interface. They were able to work the way they wanted to, which boosts employee satisfaction and morale.

What Kind of Devices Are Employees Bringing to the Office?

When many people think of BYOD, the first thing that comes to mind is smartphones. Indeed, smartphones are quite common. Today’s smartphones have the same processing capabilities as a desktop computer, only they’re far smaller and less expensive.

However, smartphones aren’t the only devices employees bring to work. They also bring tablets, laptops, and USB sticks.

The Impact of BYOD on the Enterprise

BYOD has made an indelible impact on the enterprise. The previous model of the IT department as technology gatekeepers hasn’t quite been completely decimated, but IT professionals now struggle to maintain the power they once had.

The role of the IT department has changed as a result of BYOD. Many companies expect that IT professionals will support their devices (as well as any software or applications those devices run) as a matter of course.

Technology vendors have been quick to take note of these changes and have adapted their sales strategies accordingly. Selling to the IT department isn’t their only option now. In some cases, they can turn directly to the end user.

In addition, technology solution providers have been affected by the rise of BYOD. Employees that bring their own devices to work want to run software or applications on those devices that make them more productive. As a result, solution providers have to develop such products or services to stay competitive.

Although BYOD is widespread, there are still some firms who believe it is a passing phase, or that it isn’t relevant to them. That’s not a mindset they can afford to keep. Mobile devices are only going to proliferate further, and employees (including corporate leaders) will continue to bring them to the office. Gaining an understanding of BYOD now will help manage risk and other issues later.

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