Taking Advantage of the BYOD Trend

May 14, 2012 - 0 Comments

The rapid evolution of mobile technology has changed many things, from how we work to how we communicate with our families and friends. From how we play to how we learn.

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It started with the simple convenience that came from the portability of mobile phones and has escalated to smartphones and tablets that weigh less than two pounds, yet give us access to nearly anyone or any piece of information we might need, nearly anywhere. We customize them inside and out, from the cases we put on them to the information we put in them. We organize our applications, contacts, photos, videos, music, calendars, e-mail, and information exactly to fit how we find things best. It’s a device, yet it’s all very personal.

As these devices work their way toward ubiquity in our consumer lives, they’ve become prevalent in the workplace as well. It’s not just that people have their own phones and tablets, but they want to bring their own devices into their work lives.

The at-your-fingertips expectation that has evolved in the consumer world is now driving business needs. Employees want to add their work tools to the cadre of applications they have at hand, wherever they are, whenever they want them.

This brings forward the challenge – and the opportunity – for organizations to support this new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

At their most basic, mobile devices are collaboration tools. The true value is in what they allow your employees to do in the business environment. You can create competitive differentiation and growth through an “any device” strategy. You can take advantage of new opportunities offered by greater flexibility and business agility.

Delivering mobility across your organization is much more than supporting the BYOD preferences of employees. It’s an opportunity to examine your current approach and evolve your workspace strategy. And as recent research from Forrester shows, organizations in Europe and North America are taking it seriously:

  • 64% identify providing more mobility support for employees as a top priority.
  • 42-47% are expanding device support, including supporting more device types and mobile operating systems.
  • 31-33% are developing and implementing corporate mobility strategies and policies.
  • 28-31% are supporting more applications for employees, including apps for those who work outside the office and those who work in the traditional office environment.

Like any technology evolution, there are benefits and challenges to consider and address. The good news is that Cisco is here to help. It’s your network that supports your business, from your core infrastructure to your data center to the amazing little devices your employees carry in their hands. You need an intelligent network for intelligent devices. You need an intelligent network for intelligent business.

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How do you create and support a BYOD strategy without compromising
your business? How can you manage risk and actually reduce costs?
How can you help your employees be more agile and productive?

Hear These “Your Way” Stories
~ Leading global service provider British Telecom
~ Global, financial services technology provider Eagle Investment Systems
~ Cisco’s own BYOD deployment is considered one of the world’s largest

Meanwhile, watch how mobile devices are changing the way we learn – and teach – at a school in Australia.

Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s recognized that mobile devices play an important role in enabling mobile learning. The school’s network encourages students and staff to support and introduce new ways of learning and education delivery.

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