IDC PlanScape: Holistic BYOD Considerations
This IDC study provides BYOD decision imperatives organizations must work through in four key areas: understanding mobile worker populations, creating policy, evaluating technology, and evaluating services solutions. In addition, we provide guidance on which key stakeholders in the organization should be involved in BYO policy creation, education, and enforcement. Finally, we provide actionable advice on how an organization can maximize the potential for a successful BYOD program. Overall, IDC believes companies can leverage this paradigm shift toward competitive advantage. By enabling a greater population of employees to be productive from anytime and anywhere, the organization can be more agile in responding to customer needs. However, expanding mobile access to a broader set of users on non-IT-owned assets also requires an organization to create a set of policies to govern the use of such devices in the corporate environment. Failure to do so can seriously impact the risk and compliance posture of the organization.
Above all, proper planning is paramount to a successful BYOD program deployment, says Bryan Bassett, research analyst, Mobile Enterprise at IDC. There are many factors that will ultimately contribute to the ROI of this effort; these include involving the right stakeholders, developing a comprehensive set of policies, and providing ongoing employee training and education.