Surviving BYOA: Our Top 3 Apps for Work

While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study of over 3,800 active employees in their twenties, 69 percent indicated that they were interested in creating and using their own applications, while 30 percent admitted they would likely contravene any restrictive company policies.

In this next BYOD Behind the Scenes expedition, I took a look at industry trends and conducted a poll of Softchoice employees to compile our top 3 applications to bring to work! Share this list to with your users and ensure they’re getting the most out of their chosen devices and can make the safest, most productive decisions for your company.

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BYOD Behind the Scenes: 3 Things to consider before embarking on your own journey

In my previous Behind the Scenes post, I explored how we developed and rolled out our own Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

With such heavy activity in the media coupled by relentless pressure from users, by now you’re probably seriously thinking about following our lead and taking the plunge into mobile consumerization-station.

Hold it right there! We’ve been where you have, and we confidently say there are three often overlooked considerations to be aware of before embarking on your own mobile BYOD journey.

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BYOD Behind the Scenes: How Softchoice implemented a bring-your-own-device policy

Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers:

  • 95% of organizations allow employee-owned devices in some way in the workplace
  • 76% of IT leaders consider consumerization to be “somewhat” or “extremely” positive for their companies
  • 66% of employee want IT to let them use any device they choose, while 55% of generation Y employees see it as a ‘right’ versus a ‘privilege’
  • But, less than 10% of organizations are ‘fully aware’ of the devices accessing their network

The facts are clear: BYOD is here to stay, but organizations still aren’t clear about how to manage it. They need a successful workplace mobile use policy. But where to start?

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The Journey Continues: Why does Softchoice BYOD?

From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide.

In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. Just as each organization is unique, each company designs its own BYOD policy based on its own individual reasons.

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Introducing a Softchoice Journey: From BlackBerry to BYOD and Beyond

Taking a closer look at a real BYOD experience – the one at Softchoice! This is Part one of a four-part series.

Can you believe all of this now fits in one device?

It’s the revolution that’s affecting companies everywhere with no sign of slowing. In fact, it’s projected to be the new norm. Bring your own device, or BYOD, the result of tremendous pressure from the client computing revolution. But the concerns are significant. What with security threats, IT headaches, legal issues and the constant fear of lack of control; BYOD isn’t always a welcome word in the CIO’s objective planner.

But it’s that tricky leading argument that we just can’t seem to get away from: It’s happening anyway. [Read more…]