What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Why is it Important for Gen-Y Companies

    Share On

    what is BYOD
    What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

    What is BYOD (bring your own device) and why is it so important for the Gen-Y companies. Let’s understand.

    What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?

    The term “BYOD” stands for Bring Your Own Device. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture is a growing trend that is being embraced by Enterprises to allow their employees to use their personal devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. for work. This enables the employees to work more efficiently as they are more comfortable using their own devices, be flexible with the time and place they work, and hence be more productive. Additionally, this could save businesses from investing in an expensive process of device distribution. 

    However, the growing BYOD trends have significant concerns related to corporate data security. Organizations are required to devise an efficient BYOD management program to gain more control over devices used for business activities.

    Gen-Y sometimes also known as ‘the millennial’ generation make up the largest segment of the workforce (will reach 75% by 2025). They heavily rely on technology not just for work, but also for their day-to-day activities. Millennials use their personal devices for work, the primary drivers being – the ability to stay connected, even while at work.

    Companies hiring millennials have thus realized that they cannot stop employees from using their personal devices for work, rather they can use this trend to their advantage. 

    Importance of BYOD for Gen-Y Companies

    Few Facts First

    According to a few studies:

    • 82% of respondents say smartphones and similar tools are important to employee productivity.
    • 61% of organizations expect employees to be available remotely, even if they don’t provide a company phone.
    • Majority of mobile employees carry a smartphone on their travels: 54% tablets, 51% Android phone, 41% iPhone.
    • 1 in 4 business travellers (who are not self-employed) uses their personal electronic devices when they travel for work.
    • 300 companies found half had employees who bring their own devices to work, while only 35 per cent had policies allowing such behaviour.
    Read More:
    Time to Embrace BYOD: How Enterprises Can Successfully Implement BYOD
    BYOD Best Practices: A Complete Check-List
    What is the Impact of BYOD on Enterprise Operations and Security?
    How BYOD Drives Business Agility?

    Why Adopting BYOD is so Critical for the Gen-Y Business? 

    Millennials are tech-dependent

    Gen-Y does not only uses technology but is also addicted to it. They use technology for work, entertainment, shopping, planning, fitness, and a lot of other activities. Most employees view BYOD (bring your own device) as a right, and not just a privilege. To provide a comfortable work environment and technology flexibility companies have to cater to the BYOD demands of the employee.

    Gen-Y actively uses personal devices for work

    Personal devices are configured the way exactly a user needs them to be – preferred settings and formats, favourite apps, contact lists, speed dials, etc. It is convenient to use one device for both work and personal use without having to switch between devices or forgetting one at home or work. If the device is set up as desired, it results in increased productivity.

    According to a Frost and Sullivan study sponsored by Samsung, “Respondents report that as a result of using smartphones to get work done, they gain nearly an hour (58 minutes) of work time each day.” They also reported a 34% increase in productivity.

    Diverse devices and platforms

    For a tech-enabled worker, no device or platform is off the table. Millennials are quick to adopt technological advancements. Most workers will have the latest model or feature on their devices and corporate-owned devices cannot keep pace with that. BYOD lets employees use the technology of their choosing.

    Messaging, File-Sharing, Cloud Services, and Social Networking

    Instant messaging and file-sharing platforms have become imperative for office communication and data sharing.

    Social networking applications like Facebook and LinkedIn have had an enormous impact on both personal and professional circles of Gen-Y workers. Social media platforms like Facebook for Work have integrated personal profiles, activity feeds, and status updates into business tools.

    Cloud services, on the other hand, provide a third-party infrastructure to access and operate on data and applications from remote places.

    These collaboration tools have provided an ecosystem to ease, simplify, and provide seamless communication channels to enhance efficiency and productivity.

    Organizations now are at an increased risk of exposing their intellectual property as now can easily share files on unsecured networks or save files on their devices and hence businesses are expected to employ BYOD (bring your own device) program management to balance flexibility and security.

    Gen-Y may bypass security policies for convenience

    A survey conducted by Fortinet in 2013, shows that “among employees aged 21-31, more than half would circumvent any company policy banning the use of personal devices at work or for work purposes.

    This was an eye-opener for many organizations that had strict anti-BYOD policies. The need is to acknowledge the employees’ need for connectivity and access and devising strong BYOD (bring your own device) policies to manage personal devices used for work. This also includes educating employees of possible threats like device sharing, connecting through open networks, installing untrustworthy apps on their devices, weak authentication mechanisms, etc.

    Proactive Management

    A strict and robust BYOD policy will help Gen-Y companies empower employees and set protocols on device usage, like enrollment, installation of MDM solutions for monitoring, tracking, and provisioning the devices. This will give greater control to companies over their corporate data and applications on employee devices.

    BYOD security offers various advantages for Gen-Y companies, but it is essential to implement security measures to protect the employer and employee assets and impart threat literacy to all the stakeholders.

    To support a productive work environment, Gen-Y companies need to formalize the BYOD policy and streamline device enrollment into their BYOD management programs. Now you understand what is BYOD and its importance in the corporate environment. The need is to invest in an effective BYOD management solution, like Mobile Device Management, Enterprise Mobility Management, Unified Endpoint Management, etc. depending on the complexity of the business and the device heterogeneity.

    Advantages of BYOD (bring your own device) may be in vogue and is undoubtedly getting fast adopted amongst organizations, but it is imperative to understand the underlying impact on operations, user experience, ROI, data security, and most importantly data management.

    Vandita Grover
    Vandita Grover
    Vandita is a passionate writer and IT enthusiast. By profession, she is a Computer Lecturer at the University of Delhi and has previously worked as a Software Engineer with Aricent Technologies.

    Latest Articles

    Introducing OneIdP: Transform Shared Device and Identity Management on Scalefusion

    We're thrilled to share a major leap in our journey of innovation – the introduction of our very first Identity Management Solution- OneIdP. This...

    How UEM Can Manage First Responder Devices 

    There have been lots of heart-pounding Hollywood hits that have showcased the tasks and lives of a section of our society. Ladder 49, anyone?...

    Understanding the Role of MDM in Education 4.0

    In ancient Greece, formal education was primarily reserved for males and excluded enslaved people. Early Mesopotamia restricted access to schooling to royal descendants, the...

    Latest From Author

    BYOD Trends in 2023: Its Influence in the Next 5 Years

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is gaining significant importance and is commonly being adopted in a modern work environment for providing flexibility, reducing IT...

    How to Create A Unified Digital Workspace with UEM?

    A digital workspace is imperative for a modern-day workforce. Millennial employees have a very broad perspective of their workplace. The work environment is no...

    How a Robust MDM can Eliminate Top Corporate IT Challenges

    Technology advancements are now a double-edged sword for corporate IT management. It provides the necessary tools to automate and simplify IT tasks but also...

    More from the blog

    Understanding the Role of MDM in Education 4.0

    In ancient Greece, formal education was primarily reserved for males and excluded enslaved people. Early Mesopotamia restricted access to...

    How MDM Supports a Mobile-First Business Strategy

    It’s the planet of mobiles. Communication, learning, entertainment, or business; it’s all about mobile devices. Hence, it's no surprise...

    MDM Implementation Guide for Your Transit Company

    In an era where mobile devices are integral to daily business operations, ensuring the efficient management and security of...