Re-assessing BYOD, the smart way

Responding to the possible needs of the Bring Your Own Device workplace involves not just hardware considerations but software and network planning as well. For example, how easily will users within your organization be able to access important functions despite the differences between brands? Changing trends in data call for a legacy modernization plan that is mindful of the way devices interact through browsers and other important systems.

Simply put, organizations should question their approach to BYOD if it isn't fulfilling the needs it should. Some of the basic tenets of even a secure policy could change as new threats emerge. In an article for CSO, Sue Marquette Poremba cites the examples of leaked data and a rise in malware: these have always been concerns, but the specifics change and policies need to change as well. In addition, the impacts of proper policy and system upgrades should be widespread enough so all departments are equally protected.

Compatibility poses another concern, since bringing a device means users could be left to bridge a gap between different brands and models of computers. Strategy Analytics recently announced findings of a report showing a 7 percent growth in tablet sales in the coming year. Senior analyst Eric Smith discussed the anticipated change in tablet sales expected soon.

"As reports swirl about the impending release of the Surface Pro 4, we see Microsoft leading the growing pack of professional grade Tablets running Windows 10," he said. "The release of Windows 10 in July provided opportunities at the high-end to better position Tablets against PCs on productivity needs and compatibility with the office setting."

A browser emulator can help companies address their modernization strategies as well as the vast amounts of devices they need to deal with on a regular basis.