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In order to maximize the effectiveness of an enterprise mobility push for warehouse environments, a facilities manager may consider a bring your own device (BYOD) policy as the best option. However, before utilizing BYOD, companies should first consider some common pitfalls and take steps to address them.
In the past, if a company wanted to realize all of the benefits that could be had from mobile barcode scanner software, it would need to acquire new hardware. To void this extra cost, businesses are now actively encouraging employees to use the mobile devices they already own instead. Considering that 56 percent of American adults now own a smartphone, according to the Pew Research Center, facilitating the introduction of employee-owned hardware into warehouse environments can be the natural next step.
As mobile devices become more popular, so too do BYOD policies. For example, Forrester Research reported that approximately 67 percent of information workers in Europe and North America now use their own tablets or smartphones for accomplishing mission-critical tasks.
Addressing BYOD policy pitfalls
With a BYOD policy in place, a warehouse manager can more cost-effectively use solutions such as mobile inventory management software and other automated data collection systems without having to incur high hardware procurement costs. However, BYOD is not without its faults. In particular, many organizations worry about employees using unsecure devices to access sensitive information, and as such security-related concerns have hampered the introduction of personal mobile devices in a number of work settings.
Still, just because a BYOD policy has the potential to cause problems does not mean that it is not a worthwhile endeavor to pursue. Rather, businesses need to be adequately prepared for the shift, and organizations of all sizes can do that by keeping these five points in mind during the implementation process:
BYOD presents enterprises with a number of problems, but it can yield innumerable successes if implemented properly and with foresight.