BYOD offers new form of unified communication

    The growing popularity of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement and the noticeable associated rise in productivity has encouraged companies to adopt this form of business communication.

    BYOD can be described as an advanced form of unified communications. The possibilities of cloud phone systems are linked to this new trend of using mobile technologies for work-related business. Employees who access work applications are able to do so because of the cloud server that their businesses use.


    BYOD increases productivity


    According to Gartner's 2012 hype cycle report, BYOD has become the most hyped term in technology. The movement has reached the "peak of inflated expectations," as described in the report. Gartner also noted that BYOD fills a need for employees who want to stay connected to the internet in order to keep up with new work developments.


    Business employees have become accustomed to storing corporate information on their phones so they can complete unfinished work at home, according to IBM's Midsize Insider. This action enables employees to increase their workload and improve business efficiency.


    The success of BYOD in the workplace has not gone unnoticed by industry experts. Many agree that utilizing a mobile device either at work or from home increases productivity.


    Juniper Research conducted a survey and found that the number of employees who use either a smartphone or a tablet in the workplace has reached 150 million employees this year. That number will more than double to about 350 million employees by 2014. Gartner confirmed that BYOD is "inevitable" and it could possibly redefine the future of business.


    Communicate with employees


    Although there has been a noticeable boost in productivity, users who participate in the BYOD movement must be aware of the potential security risks. Mobile devices are susceptible to the same threats as traditional desktop computers as well as cloud problems like possible breaches. Companies that allow BYOD should educate their employees on the importance of passwords and hold cyber security meetings to address possible security flaws.


    BYOD has become a new business standard that many are beginning to embrace. Companies considering jumping on the bandwagon to improve productivity should take necessary security measures and constantly update employees on this unique business service.