BYOA ("Bring-Your-Own-App) is a closely connected relative to BYOD ("Bring-Your-Own-Device") and presents numerous challenges for the enterprise.
According to a recent industry report from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange, mobile applications dominated enterprise mobility spending in 2014 with 62.5% of businesses investing in this area. However, on the flip-side to authorised business applications is the thorny issue of BYOA ("Bring-Your-Own-App), an offshoot trend from BYOD. BYOA presents numerous issues, even for businesses that have put in place mobility policies dictating use of personal apps in the workplace. Like it or not, employees will often bring their own cloud based apps to work, often in spite of company regulations.
As a result, BYOA present numerous issues and dangers including:
- The increased probability of spyware, malware and viruses infecting your corporate network
- Decisions being made regarding sensitive company data without the prior knowledge of your IT department
- Difficulties in being able to retrieve company data stored in the cloud, on third party servers using personal apps such as Dropbox
- Increased complexity of management brought about by the proliferation of apps and the difficulty this creates in standardizing IT processes
- Increased complexity of traffic mix on your network caused by unmonitored apps
- Network crashes caused by employee owned devices running too many apps and placing too much stress on the bandwidth available.
This year, Gartner predicts that the number of employees using mobile apps in the workplace will double. By 2017, Gartner has also predicted that approximately half of employers will require their employees to supply their own device to carry out their work. As a result, IT departments need to be very clued up and on-the-ball to manage the implications of these growing trends.
For businesses employing large teams of staff using mobile devices, there are numerous things you can do to protect yourself against the issues and dangers presented by BYOD and BYOA. This includes:
- Using mobile device management software to track and manage all devices, and the applications they use, requiring access to your network
- Setting up software on all devices which enables you separate business apps and services from those that are personal and owned by the employee
- Ensuring that you have the ability to wipe corporate data, apps and services in the event of the loss or theft of a specific device
- Putting in place a robust mobility policy for your organisation which stipulates clear rules regarding usage of personal devices whilst connected to the corporate network
- Regularly reinforcing your mobility policy rules in team meetings and company training modules
Are you concerned about BYOA usage in your organisation?
TEK Express offer a range of solutions designed to assist businesses with a large mobile workforce. Speak to our friendly business development team now, call 01293 7100 20.