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A CEO’s guide to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Maintaining vision, staying ahead of trends and keeping an eye on the horizon are all within the job description of the executive level – but are CEOs ready for BYOD? This article by James Sheward on Management Today explores an executive level guide to BYOD and five ways that BYOD can keep security high while accelerating productivity and innovation. This, as Sheward says, is the overall goal to be achieved: Ultimately, while you want to achieve enhanced productivity, to do so without a plan in place moves beyond calculated risk to reckless abandon. The best way to strike the balance between security and productivity lies in the capability to set granular controls, offered by mobile device management (MDM) platforms. Think of BYOD as a safe playground for your company to get its mobile strategy right—a proving ground for benefits you can then extend to customers. MDM platforms can isolate corporate data on a users’ phone—they’re like sandboxes within that playground. With an MDM platform, you can be proactive and selective in your approach to BYOD, rather than reactive and limiting. By expanding the on boarding of BYOB, executives can promote and enable employees to work from anywhere – imagine how many issues could be addressed more rapidly if your employees were able to respond to them on a secure application on their phone from home. BYOD is coming, and welcoming it with open arms is a CEO’s best practice.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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