90 per cent of UK businesses fear mobile devices

90 per cent of UK firms fear mobile devices pose dangers to their business while one fifth are not controlling mobile device usage at all, research has revealed.

Following this, MSM Software is today warning companies that while Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) poses many questions, rather than fighting it; businesses must embrace BYOD and put a clear policy in place to manage the scheme.

Thomas Coles, managing director of MSM Software, says, “92 per cent of companies already have employees who use personal devices for work[2], and so businesses must be prepared for the mainstream introduction of BYOD schemes.
“Employees are increasingly demanding that their work devices and applications are as powerful and easy to use as those they use at home. Employers who refuse to service these demands may eventually struggle to attract the best talent. BYOD provides an easy solution, and while concerns remain around security and data protection, I firmly believe the benefits of BYOD far outweigh the difficulties.”

However Coles believes the increasing mobility that BYOD offers to employees could have the potential to cause disruption for organisations considering the scheme.

He explains, “The higher level of freedom created by BYOD presents a threat which must be considered. With employees working independently a silo culture could seep in, causing widespread confusion and communication issues. This could be prevented however, by implementing a single cloud solution, removing the need for employees to store data locally.
“Our working environments are changing rapidly, but through effective planning and ensuring the right software is tailored accordingly to support these changes, BYOD could provide cost and productivity benefits without organisations having to fear its implementation.”

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