Over half of businesses today are employing a BYOD strategy and private and public cloud systems. Since the forecast for BYOD use will reach 90% this year, it is safe to say that this technology combination is changing the way work is being done. The “Cloud” presents additional pathways for outsourcing and delivering services. Questions remain on just what functions and cloud services should be used, whether to employ public or private cloud services, and cloud security. At this same time employees are embracing mobile devices to do all their computer related work. Recognizing this trend most businesses allow the use of personal mobile devices to be used in the work place. A recent survey by the Aberdeen Group found that 72% of those polled allow the practice of BYOD – bring your own device. By combining these 2 elements, BYOD and Cloud Services, some remarkable things begin to happen:
1. BYOD and Cloud Services Can Reduce Expenses Research indicates that great savings can be realized by implementing a cloud service with BYOD. For example, companies no longer need to acquire and maintain computing devices. It seems employees are happy to invest their own money on their devices and internet plans. Cloud services reduce the need to print documents, which allows big savings on toner and ink, and by allowing the cloud service to manage infrastructure, businesses do not need as many IT experts.
2. Cloud Services Enhance BYOD Activities Workers love to use their own devices at work, and business believes this improves productivity. Over 70% of companies surveyed think a BYOD strategy enhances morale, which means happy employees. When important data is stored in the Cloud, disruptions due to lost or non functional devices are minimal. More importantly security is better.
3. Cloud Services Make BYOD Secure Sensitive business information stored in the Cloud is much more secure than storing information on a shared drive or on a laptop. Storage and data processing occur outside mobile devices, and since no information is stored on any employee device, corporate documents are more secure. IT professional have 100% control.
4. The Cloud Offers Visibility To Employee Behaviors By using cloud technology, IT professionals have 100% control due to the tracking, monitoring and reporting features available. Monitoring employee activities is made easy. In addition all of this feedback can be used to extract important company information. In the era of cloud and BYOD’s barriers are broken and it becomes a human to human model rather than B2B or even B2C. It is Important to understand how cloud can help unlock the value of human information in your organization.
Conclusion: End-users will use their smart devices and want simple access to the latest business files. This means IT will need new security features to manage all the different devices out there. Other corporate considerations are the number of systems end-users need to perform their jobs, how much time does it take to learn new systems, and how easily an employee can find, share and/or collaborate on information from different sources. A good solution will connect, share and collaborate internally with external users with a design that can access any mobile or computing device.
Whether you are just implementing a cloud service or adopting a BYOD strategy, Air Interactive Media (AIM) can help. AIM provides a Document Management Solution using cloud infrastructure thus enabling companies to share and collaborate using mobile device technology.
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