The trend among businesses today is to allow employees to bring their own devices, or more specifically their own mobile phones, to work for use in their daily jobs. Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a technology model which makes perfect sense when you consider that most workers in the United States, about 81 percent, are using their own personal devices at the office. Take a look around the next time that you are strolling among the cubicles. How many people do you see staring down at the phone in their laps? Hopefully most of those people are texting offsite employees, or checking in with team members in meetings elsewhere.
So when the time has come for you to start playing a stronger role in the implementation of BYOD at your office, there are a few things to consider. What mobile device will you base your IT around? How will you manage the work that is being done on all of those devices? Consider this: towards the close of 2012 about 75 percent of the entire market share for phones was ruled by Android. More than 136 million of their phones were shipped. Check with your employees next time you are all hanging around the coffee machine, and see for yourself which kind of phone most of them are toting. It is likely that three out of every four employees is carrying around an Android based phone.
Android management is truly the simple solution to ensuring that you and your company get the most productivity out of the BYOD technology model. Android in the enterprise world is a lot like peanut butter and jelly, or cats and small crinkly toys…they are made for each other. Android management techniques allow for the BYOD model to work safely and simply thanks to something called MDM, or Mobile Device Management. MDM lives in the cloud like most new and fantastic “software.” The best thing about MDM is that it gives you incredible control over the devices in your network. You can push updates to phones, put in place any device restrictions that you deem necessary, and understand better how your employees are using the phones to accomplish their jobs.
To top it all off, the Android security model is really top of the line. There is a good reason that people put their trust in Android and that is mainly because it comes from Google. Consider Android management as a valuable resource in your tool box for improving the efficiency and productivity of your workforce. Android device management will allow you to take control of the BYOD technology model and make it work for you.
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