CLEVELAND, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The sweeping popularity of smartphones and tablets has changed more than the personal lives of owners as these same devices are now being used in the workplace. Motivated by the convenience of using a single, high-performance tool to enhance their personal and business lives, employees and employers alike are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. A recent U.S. study of small and medium-sized businesses found that nearly 60 percent of respondents reported that their company had an official BYOD policy in place. Manufacturing giant Cisco Systems reports that its BYOD program has grown by 52 percent in the last 12 months, with employees carrying over 8,000 iPads and nearly 21,000 iPhones. BYOD is not limited to smartphones and tablets as new laptops are inexpensive, lightweight, wireless and highly-portable too.
While some companies perceive BYOD as simply a convenient way to cut costs (savings don't necessarily occur), the phenomena is actually part of a much larger cultural and technological convergence driven by the power of high-speed mobile connectivity. According to David Snyder, CEO and President of Cleveland-based Attevo, Inc., "A mobile computing device is an extension of its owner's personality. It is a personal accessory that becomes increasingly more valuable as its owner saves pictures, music, books, contacts, documents, website favorites, useful apps and games. Over time, navigation on a mobile device becomes second-nature to its owner, contributing further to their strong attachment to their own device. People are happiest when using their own computing tool."
While BYOD has many proponents, critics contend that BYOD implementations are inherently troublesome because of: higher operating costs; security risks; ownership and maintenance of application (app) software; wide variations in obtainable device hardware/operating systems; proprietary data remaining on the machine; the responsibility for repairs of the physical device, especially when there's a mission critical app on the device. These are legitimate technical and cultural hurdles that need to be addressed in both BYOD policy and roll-out strategies. Fortunately, robust development tools, refined program interface methodologies, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and data loss prevention technologies can be successfully used to create a safe, reliable and cost-saving BYOD computing environment.
Attevo's Snyder added, "Companies should not expect to support every device platform and every business process. Business managers must identify the devices that employees want to use and then figure out how to make those devices enrich or dramatically improve work process." Attevo, Inc. is a business and information technology consultancy that has participated in the implementation of mobile banking applications within 8 of the 10 largest financial institutions in North America. Attevo's Mobile Interaction Practice is a recognized leader in providing robust mobility solutions to organizations looking to leverage existing enterprise data applications.
Cleveland-based Attevo, Inc. delivers business and information consulting services to large, enterprise-class organizations that need assistance with program management, master data management, business intelligence, data loss prevention & risk, mobile interaction and strategic information planning. Working nationwide, Attevo has developed a reputation for execution according to plan, while keeping budgets and delivery timelines in check. The Attevo team of consultants is skilled with and certified in many of today's leading technology toolsets. In addition to financial sector experience, Attevo serves clients in the manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, public sector, logistics, consumer goods, retail and software industries.
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