It might be hard to believe, but around the world there are approximately 1 billion people using smartphones, and over the next five years ABI Research reports that more than 1 billion more will be used. In light of these developments and the growing use of smartphones, many businesses are considering implementing bring your own device, or BYOD programs. These programs let employees use their own smartphones to accomplish work-related tasks both at the office and in the field. Here are three reasons why your business should consider it as well.
- It is easy with Apple technology.
- Flexible iPhone security means your company data is secure.
- Apple technology and the iPhone are very scalable to enterprise needs.
It is no big secret that Apple devices are popular among users, but they are also popular in enterprises. The most used tablet, according to Good, is the iPad, and iPhone 5 was the most popular device for enterprise users. It is important to note that any BYOD program should have mobile device management, which accounts for security risks by controlling device configuration and the flow of data. A good iPhone management program can also help to support costs, and ensure that your BYOD program operates smoothly.
The security of your company data truly hinges on proper iPhone management working in concert with the security measures already in place in Apple devices. Keeping employees compliant means using the encryption and authentication protocols that are already inherent, such as password lengths, quality, and expirations, locking, remote device lock and wipe, and the blocking of potentially dangerous applications or device uses.
Apple has a lot to report on the adoption of their devices for BYOD programs. Within the Kimberly-Clark network, thousands of employees with iPads and iPhones are making use of those devices. Their model is particularly interesting, as users plug into the network without help from the IT department, and then access documents and videos online for reference and instruction. Both Cisco and Ingram Micro are also using Apple devices paired with iPhone management for their BYOD programs.
If your business or enterprise is lagging behind when it comes to using mobile devices to enhance the capabilities of its workforce, then hopefully this article can help you get started. Apple devices are popular among users and enterprises looking to engage hundreds or even thousands of employees both in the office and in the field. Safely managing those devices only requires good policies, and mobile device management efforts.