A lot of companies are experimenting with having their employees Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to work. Should you?
The idea sounds simple and good: Since nearly all workers could use their own devices, IT time and costs would be cut, right? Not necessarily, according to a report by tech vendor Damovo UK.
The problems with BYOD are threefold:
- Loss of bargaining power. Without a package deal on IT equipment, discounts are harder to get. So there may be a saving when employees use their own devices, but the policy could end up costing you in the long run.
- Support. About seven out of 10 IT directors said providing tech support to BYODs is an expensive nightmare.
- Security. Having BYODs could mean taking extra, and expensive, security measures to protect company data.