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Is BYOB Right For Your Business?

You’re a small shop, right? When you’ve got that magic number of employees that we call 1-49 it can be a great feeling: you’re small and agile, ready to respond to new tasks and challenges, creating great relationships with clients and generally making success a way of life.

What you’re probably not keen on is managing a fleet of phones and tablets for your team. Mobility products move fast, meaning what you buy could be replaced in a few months, and trying to find the right device that fits your budget AND makes your staff happy is an exercise in futility. It’s one of the main reasons why BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” is finding huge traction in small- and medium-sized businesses.

BYOD is exactly what it sounds like: giving your team the chance to bring their phones and tablets with them, and giving those devices trusted status on your network. That’s a pretty big deal, and with great power comes great responsibility: most business who offer BYOD as an option for staff do so in exchange for some control over the device–specifically the ability to remotely lock and wipe the device in the event of theft or loss.

It sounds good, right? You can offer an option to your team that lets them only carry one phone, and you can be sure that it’s a phone that they like. You get to maintain the safety and security of your network AND your team can be more productive on the go. The only question you’re probably asking right now is “how do I make this happen?”

If you’ve got an on-site IT crew or you’ve outsourced your IT, talk to them about their BYOD options. Because BYOD is a relatively new concept not all IT houses or teams are equipped to help you make the BYOD transition. In a case like that you can turn to a few places on the market where major plays have devoted time to creating managed IT groups that specialize in BYOD deployment. Dell Canada and TELUS both offer BYOD support, giving you some heavy hitters that know what their doing, and who can build a custom solution for your small business.

BYOD is a relatively new concept, and it does represent a progressive approach to device management. It’s a great way to show that you’re listening, and that you care that they enjoy the gear they use everyday at work.

Graham Williams is a Canadian Tech Blogger and correspondent for GetConnected. You can follow him on Twitter at @thetechnogram


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