BYOD policies may require custom application development

Posted by Justin Hesser on February 1, 2013

Mobile devices aren’t going away any time soon. In fact, their growth is being felt in more areas than ever before. Businesses are implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies to assist with daily operations and provide employees with the convenience needed to effectively do their jobs from any point and at any time.

As gas prices remain a national issue, more companies are incorporating a work-from-home policy which lets employees do their jobs from a remote location. By letting workers bring the same personal device they used at home into the office when they come to work, companies can reduce the risk of lost data or inefficient processes because employees will simply continue where they left off on that device.

Mick Slattery, an IT solutions executive, spoke with eWeek about the efficiency companies gain by implementing a BYOD policy.

“The nature of work and how business gets done is going through a transformation. Consumer technologies in the workplace are a significant catalyst for this transformation,” Slattery said. “Executives are capitalizing on the opportunity these technologies offer by adjusting business processes and updating policies with measurable results in areas such as customer service, profitable growth, happier employees and bringing new products and services to market faster.”

Companies that implement this policy will need to have the proper software solutions in place to maintain mobile communication strategies while upholding data security. Oftentimes, BYOD is a way to meet a specific need to mitigate a certain pitfall pertaining to operational efficiency. If this is the case, the importance of having the right software in place is paramount. Custom application development may be needed to create desired software solutions to run on each mobile device, but the advantages gained in doing so will allow any BYOD policy to reach its maximum potential.