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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) information from Re-adjust

Bring Your Own Device

Bring Your Own Device, sometimes called Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), is a growning trend across many industries which allows individual employees to being their own, personal, technology in to work.

There are many benefits to allowing this practice to happen in your workplace and at iansyst our Re-adjust service can help guide you through any questions you have.

Now leading technology companies such as IBM, to allow employees to bring their own devices to work, due to perceived productivity gains and cost savings.

- http://www.ibm.com/mobilefirst/us/en/mobile-security.html

Research carried out by PCworld.com have found that:

"You might expect users to revolt against paying for the devices and technology they use at work. Not so. As the Good Technology State of BYOD Report states, “50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs -- and they are happy to do so.”

That brings us to the second significant benefit: worker satisfaction. Users have the laptops and smartphones they have for a reason -– those are the devices they prefer, and they like them so much they invested their hard-earned money in them. Of course they’d rather use the devices they love rather than being stuck with laptops and mobile devices that are selected and issued by the IT department.

There are two corollary advantages that come with BYOD as well. BYOD devices tend to be more cutting edge, so the organization gets the benefit of the latest features and capabilities. Users also upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently than the painfully slow refresh cycles at most organizations."

- http://www.pcworld.com/article/246760/pros_and_cons_of_byod_bring_your_own_device_.html

How does BYOD intersect with accessibility?

BYOD policies can be very helpful to employees with disabilities who are already satisfied and familiar with the accessible devices they already own. They prevent the need for the employee to learn how to operate new workplace technology—and, in some cases, retrofit it with accessibility features. For example, if someone who is blind uses a particular tablet at home that has a built-in screen reader, allowing that person to use his or her own device at work benefits the employee and employer alike. The worker doesn't have to learn to operate a new, employer-provided desktop system that may require the purchase and integration of a separate screen reader.

That said, employers should not think of BYOD as a comprehensive solution to technology accessibility. Not all employees own their own accessible devices, and certain assistive technologies only work on desktop computers. As a result, many employers and employees will still need to work together to ensure the accessibility of in-house technology to ensure that all staff can do their jobs effectively.

- http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/trends/bring-your-own-device-byod-10-reasons-why-its-a-good-idea/

For more information about BYOD please contact us at: workplace@iansyst.co.uk

Some helpful reading links are here to get you started with this scheme:

www.gov.uk
Wikipedia
IBM
TechRadar