BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

January 29, 2021

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

One of the biggest takeaways from this last year is the need for flexibility – at home, at school and in (as well as out of) the office. With nearly half of the global workforce still straddling between some hybrid of remote and on-site officing, BYOD makes sense now more than ever. So, let’s talk about the what, the why and the how of BYOD.

Defining BYOD

BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It’s an IT approach that allows users to access enterprise systems without being bound by wires and physical locations. This can be anything from checking emails on a cellphone, to updating a project document on a tablet, to walking into a conference room and connecting to a video call from a laptop.

Why BYOD makes sense

The concept of Bring Your Own Device is nothing new, but the trend is (understandably) growing as companies continue to address how employees communicate and collaborate. What better way to meet the demands of a rising digital workforce than by creating a network in which team members can connect from any location at any day/time from any device?

There are some real benefits of BYOD, and office flexibility is only one of them. Employee satisfaction almost universally increases when people have the ability to work more freely and with less connectivity issues. Cost savings are also a natural bi-product of BYOD. Reduced downtime leads to increased productivity, and equipment expenses decrease when it’s no longer necessary to hard wire every room, office and/or home workstation. Possibly the most important benefit of BYOD is the opportunity it provides for the organization to stay nimble and scalable as technology evolves.  

How to take advantage of BYOD

The key factor in making sure your organization is ready for BYOD is to reach out to a qualified integrator, like Immedia.

The first thing we’re going to do is evaluate your current environment. We’ll dive deep into the usability, security and support requirements of your business. Some companies may already have systems in place that will require technology upgrades to streamline and handle multiple platforms and devices. Other offices may not yet be integrated which means we can work together to build a space that unifies communication channels and allows for a variety of connectivity options from the get-go.

We also exclusively install equipment that is from reliable manufacturers. Our vendor partners are industry leaders in the areas of audiovisual, digital and BYOD technology.

There’s no time like now to jump on the Bring Your Own Device bandwagon. The push for flexibility in and out of the office is here to stay. Let us get you set-up with the right network solutions so you can get this BYOD party started!

Sources: Nick Shultz – Design Engineer, Immedia Integrated Technologies