Best Practices For Developing a BYOD Strategy

VMware AirWatch InfographicThe popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to mature as more and more organizations come to realize the potential business transformation and growth these programs offer. A BYOD program permits employees to access corporate applications and data on any personal device, including smartphones, laptops, tablets and/or wearable technology. This type of program can reduce costs, while at the same time increase employee productivity, effectiveness, device flexibility and overall job satisfaction.

Today, many enterprises are leveraging BYOD as a tool to drive mobile accessibility, increase IT oversight and enable employees to complete a business task at a moment’s notice, on whichever device is nearby. Despite the added benefits, these programs present challenges to the user experience, employee privacy and program functionality. Below is an outline to some of the best practices for developing a BYOD strategy.

 

Security Requirements
Setting minimum device security requirements such as passcodes, restrictions and certificates, will help keep corporate resources safe without removing access to the user’s personal applications. Restrictions can deny access to unwanted features or services, while passcodes and certificates can prevent unauthorized access, while validating the user and/or device. These steps will help minimize unauthorized access to corporate networks and keep the organization safe from security breaches.

Content Access
Two of the most utilized and valuable components of a BYOD program are employee email and corporate application access. Employees rely on their devices and applications to maintain productivity, leaving it up to the organization to secure such functionalities. Some steps to achieve this include, mitigated access from unmanaged devices, deciding which applications can open and edit email attachments, and choosing between self-service or admin provisioned application access.

Simple User Experience
A simple user experience increases the chance that an employee recommends the BYOD program to other employees. Some instances of this include:
– Seamless App Integrations
– Integrated EMM Solutions
– Single Sign-On (SSO)
– Customized Branding

 

In addition to a successful BYOD strategy, a mobile device management solution is essential to any enterprise. VMware AirWatch, which supports all major device types and platforms, will not only encourage universal enrollment in your BYOD, but will be crucial in preventing against data loss. AirWatch is OEM-agnostic and can provide same-day support for all major device types and operating systems. It also provides IT administrators with a single console that provides oversight for all devices, whether they are corporate-owned, BYOD or shared. The multitenant architecture of the AirWatch platform enables administrators to set limits on the management of employee devices, while fully managing corporate-dedicated devices.

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Author: Drew W.
Key Information Systems