A Primer – Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Apr 2016

Like it or not, the bring-your-own-device to work trend is here to stay.   Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2019 nearly 2 billion smartphones will ship globally, with about 60% of them being used in a work environment in some fashion.   While the security concerns raised by BYOD are legitimate and probably warrant a thoughtful BYOD policy, the benefits of BYOD are undeniable.



The Benefits of BYOD

Mobile Workforce.  More and more employees are working from places outside of the traditional business office.  Connect your entire team regardless of where they are.
Save Money.   Every mobile phone or tablet that your employee pays for is one less for your company to purchase and maintain.
Employee Tracking.  With a mobile application from a cloud UC provider like Altus, you will have access to real-time presence and status info on each of your team members, regardless of where they physically are located.
Professional Image.  You don’t want your mobile employees conducting business activity on their personal phone number.
Rich Features.  A cloud based system like Altus can integrate not only voice calls, but also text messaging, video calling, and workforce collaboration across all kinds of devices and networks.



BYOD and the Premise System vs. Cloud Phone System


When you are comparing traditional landline phone service providers with cloud based phone providers like Altus, BYOD is one area that is really impacted.


Legacy voice providers can offer your employees a mobile account, but one that typically isn’t integrated into your communications infrastructure.  The result is that employees end up using their own mobile number for business purposes, or alternatively end up carrying around two different mobile devices – one for work and one for their personal use – neither of which is integrated into the business phone system.


Cloud based phone providers like Altus change this paradigm.  Mobile employees can make and receive calls and text messages natively via an app on their own mobile device.  And what’s better, the caller ID will indicate that the call is from the employee’s business number, not their own personal number.  That’s the true impact of BYOD.



Time for a BYOD Policy?


More and more companies and IT managers are turning to BYOD policies as a way to help manage the balance between business flexibility and data security.  Roughly fifty percent of organizations today have formalized BYOD policies.  A typical policy includes provisions for regular password updates, device timeout standards, and lists of approved or prohibited applications for corporate use.



About Altus


Altus is the premier choice for cloud-based communications solutions, providing businesses with flexible and secure technologies that help employees and customers stay connected more easily.  Whether looking for basic voice service, comprehensive unified communications, or contact center, business executives trust Altus to deliver the latest features and functionality without costly capital spending programs.  As an FCC-registered service provider, Altus offers enterprise-grade performance across its secure, geo-redundant carrier platform. Start communicating better with Altus.  For more information, visit www.altusuc.com or call toll free 866.922.4001.



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