The rise of mobile devices has influenced life in unprecedented ways. Everything from checking the weather to communicating with friends flows through mobile platforms.

We’re so reliant on smartphones and tablets, that they account for 51 percent of our daily digital media consumption, a figure that has only risen since the mid 2000s.

The availability and normalization of instant access to information is positioning smart devices as crucial tools in the workplace. Ignoring their business potential is a fool’s errand.

However, businesses value money, and smartphones are an extra expense. An astounding $350 in purchases cost, and $90 in voice and data fees, are saved per device using what are called Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, campaigns.

BYOD taps into the pre-existing mobile device market by allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices at work. In addition to cost savings, businesses also see increased employee happiness and productivity.

When 85 percent of companies are supporting BYOD, yours should too. Let’s look at what you need to go BYOD.

Mobile Device Management Software: The Technical Aspects

Mobile device management software, or MDM software, refers to custom OS elements that allow companies to manage the flow of information on employee devices.

Your MDM software need to check several boxes in order to succeed.

First, the software should run identically on devices running different OSs. This means at least supporting iOS and Android, but more realistically, Windows and Blackberry OS as well. No BYOD strategy works when employees are forced into buying new phones due to OS limitations.

Next, with business revolving around more data than ever, it’s important that company data is secured. Your chosen MDM software needs to balance passwords and encryption with ease of use.

This means requiring a password system that is simple, yet strong. Mobile devices with fingerprint scanners are quickly becoming an excellent option for this type of security.

Encryption should apply to all data passing across the company device. This ensures that no outside entities can decipher intercepted data transmissions.

The last technical aspect your MDM needs is the ability to separate data from user and enterprise applications. This includes things like blocking copy and paste between Facebook and your company apps, and also separating cloud back ups.

Anything that could bleed corporate data into personal accounts is an enormous security risk and your MDM must address this.

Mobile Device Management Software: The User Interface

MDM software needs not only security, but usability as well. An interface that’s difficult to navigate will inhibit productivity.

Choose software that seamlessly integrates into an employee’s existing device. MDM software works best when running in the background. Employees should forget the software is even present.

Ensuring that user software works well on the employee devices will yield positive results for everyone.

Seventy eight percent of employees believe having a single device helps balance their work and personal lives. The increase in happiness correlates with an increase in productivity. BYOD programs help extend employee workweeks by 45-60 minutes.

Follow these tips to have your BYOD program running smoothly in no time.

In you’re still not convinced by BYOD, check out the accompanying infographic for more information:

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