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So, you want to adopt BYOD?

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    So, you want to adopt BYOD?


    Here is a pretty decent article on BYOD

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the current hot trend. (And has been for a while, really.) There are many perceived advantages for a company that allows employees to bring their own devices to work and have access to your company resources, but is BYOD right for you? Can you make mistakes when developing your BYOD policies? Can you really let any device connect to your resources?

    Lets look at a few top issues that you should be aware of.
    Source

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    "So, you want to adopt BYOD?"

    Absolutely not. The only people who think BYOD is a good idea are company bosses looking to save money on hardware costs, or employees who really haven't thought it through properly. Don't do it.
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    BYOD is a great way for people to use the hardware they want to use
    As long as the infrastructure is sound, then VDI/BYOD/etc. are extremely useful
    If done properly, it can eliminate a large amount of down time.
    Yes, the individual is responsible for their own hardware.
    But, that generally is less an issue when most corporate hardware is refurbished 3+ year old trash.
    Sorry, that is a fact, not opinion.

    there are many advantages to BYOD/VDI/etc and some disadvantages
    But the Advantages do in fact out weigh the disadvantages.

    As long as it is done properly.

    The number of people working in the field or from home is growing
    There is a need for this tech, and we are headed this way in a big way.
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    How does any of that benefit the employees? I'm sure the novelty of showing off their new toy to other employees will soon wear off when something happens to it and the realisation sinks in that they need to buy a new machine to do their work, and it's coming straight out of their monthly wage.

    I wonder whether people would be so keen if they were working in retail and their employers tried to get them to supply their own cash registers out of their own pocket and also pay for the repairs/replacements when they go wrong?
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    Not the same thing.

    And, employers are not going to make you foot the entire bill.
    They will give an allowance, what you spend over that is up to you.
    Make sure you do your homework and get a good warranty and you shouldn't have any issues.

    Go read some more about the whole idea behind it. Trust me, there is more to it than what you are stating.
    It is not a screw the employee plan. Besides, the less overhead spent on certain IT provided things and support
    may leave room for other incentives if you work for a decent company, if you don't, maybe it's time to look for a new place to work.
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    As a former dictator of IS (information systems (IT)) the only thing I would have to say is "No . . . . . . .way. If you really think about it is a bad idea. When something happens who do you think they are going to run to. . .that right. . .to the IT guys. . .like they don't have enough of a problem already. . .
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    Joisey
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    It's all fine until you leave the company. Then they will want to wipe your phone so you don't take any precious company resources with you. My attitude has always been if you want to do more than call or text me then you supply the device. This also makes it easier to go dark when you go on vacation, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    As a former dictator of IS (information systems (IT)) the only thing I would have to say is "No . . . . . . .way. If you really think about it is a bad idea. When something happens who do you think they are going to run to. . .that right. . .to the IT guys. . .like they don't have enough of a problem already. . .
    This actually isn't that much of an issue. This is already done with email access. They have to sign an agreement stipulating their responsibilities and the IT's responsibilities. I can tell you it's not that much of an issue. Sorry, we don't support your personal devices or home network. Then How am I supposed to do my work. You will need to contact your Service Provider. This was all explained in the agreement that you signed. I have not experienced that much of an issue in support. They are made well aware of this and it get's handled if it gets out of hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    It's all fine until you leave the company. Then they will want to wipe your phone so you don't take any precious company resources with you. My attitude has always been if you want to do more than call or text me then you supply the device. This also makes it easier to go dark when you go on vacation, etc.
    That is on the extreme, not every company will do that, or needs to, they just need to remove the policy's.
    Second, when you start working for a company like that, you sign a non-disclosure agreement before you even start working.
    So, weather you are using your equipment or theirs, doesn't matter, you are still responsible for it and the data. Especially once you take it off premises, so, in reality and the long run. VDI/BYOD/etc can create a more secure environment. Especially if users are not allowed, or do not need to save data to the hard drive.

    I would kindly suggest some of you need to read up on the subject a little further.
    I for one can tell you,, there are many who are eager for it,, not just management either.
    There are many advantages as I stated.

    This also makes it easier to go dark when you go on vacation, etc.
    That, doesn't make a single bit of difference.
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    I personally don't like this concept for a number of reasons

    #1). You have to insure that the employees have AV and not infected machines
    #2). You have to ensure that whatever they need is loaded and will load to their machines
    #3). In the event that their hardware fails, whose responsibility is it? Is the employee required to maintain some sort of support agreement on their equipment, are they required to run right out and buy something new rather than just sit on their hands unable to work?
    #4). In the event their personal devices are having a problem, and the IT guys are called in to work on it, if anything goes wrong does the employee hold the IT guy accountable for breaking their own personal device? For example, if it starts to blue screen, etc.
    #5). Are the companies allowed to install management software on these devices so they can ensure patches are put in place? Even if you connect to a VDI, you still have an active machine on the local network that potentially puts the LAN at risk.
    #6). Who is responsible in the event of a licensing issue? For example, if the employee is found to have non licensed (pirated) software on their machine, and the company is audited, who is responsible for paying that bill?
    #7). If the employee wants to store porn or other stuff on their own personal device, what happens if that device is on the corporate network?

    These are just a few things that concern me, right off the top of my head.
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    I think manufacturers want to push BYOD because IT departments learn how to do things efficiently. If you let a group of 500 people manage their own devices, they are each going to buy different services, plans, accessories warranties etc.

    If IT does it, we buy in bulk, centralize management and shop for bulk rate discounts. You will also have a harder time getting us to sign up for BS warranty and "value added" plans we don't need.
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