Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was the concept initially introduced by Intel in 2009, for its own employees. By 2011 propagated it to many industry leaders. But in India, it is yet to be made a popular norm, as for most of the organisation, securing the data is very important. We have a very conservative approach toward BYOD.
But we usually connect BYOD with data, and forget voice, forget video. If we, forget data and focus more on voice & video, the entire thought perspective would change, because these are the services, for which invariably everyone has a device and the organisational security is also not at risk with this access for intranet.
Thanks to smart phones, the whole concept of phone has changed. It has a GPS, a camera, a processor, wireless interface, GSM interface, a display, some memory, in fact it’s like a James bond gadget. With just an app download, you can convert your smartphone into many things. People use it for health monitoring, use it for ECG, daily exercises, daily food intake, calorie counts, GPS locator, map reading, shopping, and what not.
So why not use this wonderful device for the organisation usage and save on CAPEX?
Saving on CAPEX
The idea is very simple – even if you have multiple phone, you can talk only on one at once. And even if you put a fixed line wired phone on a desk, if a person is not on his seat, he won’t pick up the call. Then why have a phone on every desk? Now whether you put a analog / digital or IP phone – it is a wasteful expense.
Every office has a network, just add an exchange for allocating the numbers, keep call records, and other administrative purposes, which will latch on to the same network and put the wireless equipments for access, and you are done. Every employee can use his respective smartphone, download and an app and get connected to the office network for voice.
“Swiss Knife” concept
The Swiss Knife concept is using a single device for multiple purposes.
Like the smartphone using BYOD for voice & video services is also working on the Swiss Knife concept. It’s like a solution straight out of the Mr. Q’s labs, which are designed for 007. The beauty of the solution is – use the same phone for not just voice but a plethora of applications like call conference, call forwarding, video calling, video conferencing, two way interactive PA system, call recording, voice mail, instant messaging, chat, chat groups, corporate directory services, auto attendant…and so on.
The HR factor
Enabling BYOD for voice & video, not just keeps your data network secure, but has many employee satisfaction aspects too.
As you know everyone wants to have “value for money” and buys affordably the best for himself / his family, the moment you enable BYOD, the employee would be with his favourite gadget all the time.
Moreover, he would stay connected from across the globe, wherever he gets an internet connectivity, and if the organisation pays for the mobile bill as an allowance, you can make internet pack mandatory. The employee gets that benefit of working from anywhere, and ensuring his / her productivity, successfully meeting the deadlines and being in touch from all across.
Off course a satisfied employee is the best asset to the organisation and contributes the most in making the organization achieve its goals.
To sum up…
It one solution for many issues;
- Keeps the security uncompromised.
- Saves on CAPEX & OPEX too. (if you don’t have a separate network for Voice & data, just one maintenance contract and ensure availability of both the services.)
- Solves your issues of multiple end point devices, thus inventory management, passive infrastructure, AMC …blah blah…
- Keeps your employees always in touch.
- Ensures employee satisfaction.
- Increases the organizational productivity too.