Part of being a great leader is giving your employees moments to shine. Providing them the opportunity to solve business problems with their own homebrewed apps in a build-your-own-application (BYOA) policy could be a win-win scenario for the business. Adriaan van Wyk writes for InformationWeek about how to successfully launch and manage a BYOA policy in your business.
Four Steps to BYOA
- Define what BYOA means for your organization.
- Protect critical data.
- Focus on mobility.
- Empower your workforce.
Van Wyk says BYOA can mean either bringing or building your own app, and it is up to you dictate which it shall be in your organization. Inserting Dropbox into the equation can be pretty beneficial as far as bringing, but building your own app can be especially useful because its templates will all be business-centric. In either case, there will of course be need for high security. Be mindful of any cloud options that would store info outside of the organization, and make sure to account for synchronization and duplication while securing company data.
About mobility, van Wyk says:
There are so many devices in use today, and your employees expect to be able to work from all of them seamlessly. Successful adoption of these applications, whether you bring them or build them, depends on ensuring that they're usable anytime, anywhere. Therefore, when building the application, one needs to plan for quick modifications that will allow the app to “play” across other devices. Templates make it easy to build the types of applications that are flexible and encourage a native experience.
The real point of BYOA is empowering your employees for the good of the business, so if you have them solving their own problems, it saves money and gives IT more time to be creative. To learn more, you can read van Wyk’s full article here: http://www.informationweek.com/byoa-4-steps-for-cio-success/a/d-id/1315800