The concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is nothing new, but it is still as relevant as it was in its introduction. With connectivity now one of the cornerstones of business, finding ways to ensure that everyone is able to communicate effectively is key to your daily operations.
The power of connectivity and online collaboration has also allowed business owners to tap into the mobile workforce, or allow for remote working. Gone are the days when everyone needed to be in the same office to be able to successfully carry out tasks. With the development and proliferation of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, you can literally work from anywhere. The problem with this, however, is that you need the infrastructure to allow you to collaborate from different devices on the same network. In this blog, we investigate what you need to consider to create the best environment for BYOD.
Be proactive in tackling connectivity problems before they affect user experience
Before you allow anyone to make use of a BYOD working environment, you need to ensure that you have the network and connectivity software in place to enable seamless working. You want to solve any connectivity problems before they have a negative impact on your workers’ performance. You can do this by giving your employees the tools to minimise the impact of fluctuating network strength such as applications that allow you to continue to work offline should they lose their internet connection.
Secondly, knowledge is power when it comes to creating a symbiotic mobile work environment. Ensure that everyone is aware of the BYOD policy and that their devices are updated and equipped to work remotely. By educating your remote workforce on proactive troubleshooting, you can root out any issues before they have the chance to hinder productivity.
Provide your workforce with the storage requirements to improve their online working experience
One of the hurdles that can hinder the remote working experience is not having enough storage for all of the activities taking place. This can lead to a diminished user experience and possibly the loss of business critical data. Investing in a reliable cloud storage provider from the get-go ensures that you have enough space to accommodate any, and all, online activities carried out on your business network. Finding a provider that allows you to easily adjust your storage needs can also help prevent any holdups down the line.
Ensure that you have a strict security policy and security applications in place to protect your network
One of the biggest remaining concerns of BYOD is security. With so many different devices accessing your business data from different places and different internet connections, you need a robust security system in place to protect against any breaches. Implementing an authentication system for remote login ensures that their connection is secure regardless of the quality of the network. Making use of secure email also adds another barrier between your critical business communications and a potentially compromised connection. All remote workers should be informed of and adhere to a remote working security policy to further bolster data security. This can include regular security software updates on their devices and reporting of any suspicious software or communications shared with them.
Creating the most productive mobile workforce
By ensuring that your mobile workforce can effortlessly connect to your network at any time, you can rest assured that all online operations will be carried out without a glitch.Choose a solution that allows you to tailor your connectivity to suits your unique business needs and tackle any of the problems you currently face with your mobile workforce.To get yourself clued up on some of the connectivity trends, download our connectivity trends report.