Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept is catching across most companies and it is changing the work culture.
A survey report by IT virtualization company Citrix showed that about 28% of the work force was using non-company-issued devices to perform their activities. Forrester Research reported that nearly 53% of the workforce use their mobile devices for work.
These figures will continue to rise because with productivity enabled mobile devices, companies are actively setting up policies for BYOD culture.
Today, every default smartphone and mobile device has an office application capable of handling Word documents, spreadsheets, creating and displaying presentations. While these may represent the most basic units if a workflow productivity, there are a number of apps which can help a company take sensitive data from their systems onto a mobile device.
App developers are now building an entire platform and ecosystem to enable mobility on all devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets which can take care of a huge part an enterprises’ workflow.
Each company have their own requirements for taking the workflow on the mobile device and often developers have to customize the solutions to cater to the requirements of privacy, security and flexibility.
Developers are now trying to move vital parts of a company’s ERP onto mobile devices at different levels. AppPoint Software Solutions, for example, has developed BizAPP Studio which allows users of the company for functions as simple as leave management or to settle financial claims or company inspections based on regulatory requirements. Their customers include the National Stock Exchange, Australian Stock Exchange, Biocon and Texas Instruments.
However, the risk involved is that security of mission critical data, actions are the key to any business and any data that is shared to a floating device like mobile/tablet increases the possibility of it being shared or lost or fall in the wrong hands.