Oracle Puts BYOD Policy at Forefront with New Acquisition

BYODAs you are probably aware, BYOD is becoming a growing concern for many companies. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), for those who don’t know, means that a company allows employees to use their personal smartphones or tablets in place of issuing company hardware that may be outdated or of inferior quality. It’s a growing trend as more and more professionals have their own state-of-the-art smartphones that highly outperform whatever BlackBerry the company is going to provide. But BYOD comes with its own set of concerns, primarily in the form of perceived productivity declines and potential security breaches. Some studies are showing that productivity actually increases, but the security concerns are real. Nothing highlights the relevant nature of this trend more than Oracle’s recent acquisition of Bitzer Mobile, a BYOD-oriented startup focusing on secure communications between company machines and employee devices.

Many Companies Implementing Official BYOD Policies

Bitzer’s sales pitch emphasizes its unique approach to data, avoiding the traditional VPN-based access that has worried corporate data security experts about BYOD. Instead, they create what is essentially a secure storage locker on the employee’s device, which isolates the company data from whatever else the user does while on the device. This approach looks like an ideal method to bring BYOD into larger-scale viability for security-obsessed companies; perhaps that’s why Oracle was so quick to snap up the young company and its technology.

Some studies are showing that 62 percent of companies will be implementing or have already implemented BYOD policies this year, so it’s not a passing fad. And based on the numbers in the Cisco survey from earlier this year, it seems to make a lot of sense both on the fiscal front and in terms of employee productivity. Think about it, if you’ve ever worked from home: you probably thought you’d get to relax, do a little work, turn off your computer and head upstairs for dinner. But then there was that one little thing you thought you should get done. That if you just put in that one extra hour at night, it would be so beneficial. Time and time again the numbers show that people who are more connected to their work end up working more. I sleep with my phone next to my bed; don’t you think I’d be tempted to log in on those sleepless nights and get just a little bit ahead on the day’s work?

What’s your stance on BYOD in today’s workplace?

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John Maloney

John A Maloney is a writer currently living in Honolulu, HI. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. He has had a couple poems and stories published in such prestigious rags as The Peninsula Pulse of Door County, WI. He's been to some other places, too. When not writing stellar copy for clients he is writing poetry & fiction, or else hiking various tuff cones & ridgelines on Oahu, or else using a piece of faux-wood epoxy to chase waves in the waters off Waikiki Beach. He just got married, too.

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