Don’t get bogged down by BYOD: how to strike the right balance in 2014

It’s undeniable: BYOD is here to stay.

Enterprises can no longer issue a single corporate-approved work device and expect employees to get on board. Today employees bring their own mobile devices while a new wave of business apps is also infiltrating the workplace.

This BYOD trend is placing tremendous strains on corporate finance and IT departments.

Clearly, it’s time to revisit your BYOD policies before things get out of hand. Managing devices on a case-by-case basis is unsustainable, and it’s impossible to support every device and desired functionality.

Make 2014 the year to enact realistic policies that strike a healthy BYOD balance, providing employees the freedom and flexibility to work how, when, where and on any device, without straining IT. Here’s what to consider:

  • Document retention. How long should corporate information live on employees’ personal devices?
  • Lost or damaged devices. If an employee’s device is lost or damaged, who foots the bill?
  • Data backup. When work and personal data mix on an employee’s device, outlining cloud-backup policies is critical.
  • Business support. Specifying offerings and support for different BYOD devices helps employees weigh the costs and benefits of bringing their personal devices to work.

Managing BYOD is all about balancing employees’ needs against the realities of cost-management and security. A cloud-based phone system can help strike that balance and resolve BYOD challenges with a cost-effective solution that separates work and personal usage on a single device. To learn more about moving your communications to the cloud, visit http://www.ringcentral.com.

–Sunil Madan, VP of Business Services, RingCentral