While "bring your own device" is still a top priority of many organizations following the end of the first quarter, Tech Today reports that mitigating security risks surrounding BYOD is now the top concern. Citing Good Technology's "Mobility Index Report," the website said that secure enterprise applications saw an impressive first-quarter growth rate of 57 percent. The main goal is to limit access to enterprise data by employees who do not need it.
However, while BYOD poses some risks, few companies are ignoring the benefit provided by a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) used in conjunction with employee devices. The most significant advantage is mobility. While on the move in a warehouse and plant or even at a remote location, a MEAP provides employees the ability to capture data, access enterprise applications and locate information in real time without sitting at a computer terminal. BYOD also allows employees to use a device they are familiar with and reduces hardware costs.
BYOD Just One Option for Improving Mobility
For companies that are overly concerned with the security aspect of BYOD, the proper MEAP also integrates with other data collection devices such as barcode scanners. Devices that are less interactive but still effective may be the better choice for arming employees who do not require access to sensitive data on a regular basis.
Other considerations when adopting BYOD are the loss of control the company has over the devices and the data recorded with them. Employees also have greater access to their personal contacts and distracting apps when they should be working. For many companies, just the strain of developing a BYOD policy can slow or halt its adoption. The important thing is that it not interfere with the decision to increase mobility and expand ERP access.