"Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) is any policy that allows workers to supply a platform through which they can connect to work. While most commonly associated with tablets and smartphones, the BYOD concept can also extend to PCs and laptops. Today, approximately 33 percent of companies have a BYO smartphone policy in place, and 47 percent have policies for tablets, according to a Gartner study released earlier this year.
Most Information Technology experts seem to agree that the risks associated with the BYOD environment can be minimized with thoughtful management of services and people. And while South Dakota business owners need to be aware of the potential risks this technology poses, the unique ability to reduce expenditures on devices and improve the connectivity of a workforce generally outweighs those concerns.