Using FileMaker and FileMaker Go with a BYOD policy

Posted by Justin Hesser on September 7, 2012

Bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming an increasingly popular trend in the workplace. In fact, according to a survey by Global Information Inc, 65 percent of corporations from around the world that responded said they have adopted some kind of BYOD policy or will by the end of 2012. The results also showed that the two main motivators for allowing a BYOD policy is cost reduction and staff motivation.

While, according to FastCompany, ensuring data protection is a main point of concern for many IT departments, the successful sharing of information and documents between different devices and operating systems can also be very important and tricky to manage.

With the rise in workers using their own smartphones or laptops in the workplace comes the need for companies to provide a system in which these individuals can successfully upload and share information and documents across the company despite some workers using their own devices and others using corporate-issued computers.

This can easily be done with custom database software. For example, at an advertising firm, members of the art department may prefer to use their own Apple laptops while account managers might only use a PC. In order for the art department to share documents with the account managers to present to clients, they may need file sharing software that can effectively work across platforms.

Furthermore, as more workers use their own smartphones to stay current with email and other important information, using a mobile version of the same custom software can aid in this developing trend. By investing in FIleMaker Go, companies can efficiently aid the use of personal mobile devices for work-related activities.