As consumers living in an ever-evolving world, we expect access to information nearly every waking moment of our day. Many of us carry a cell phone, laptop and tablet to and from work each day. Some of us may even have another cell phone and computer at home. While all of these devices may seem necessary, are we using them all to their full potential? Can they be shared devices and used both at work and home?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an increasingly popular trend in which enterprise users are connecting their devices of choice to the company network. While this does increase virtualization and mobility for employees, BYOD can bring about challenges to a company’s network security. Make sure the necessary precautions are taken to make sure your network is robust and information is kept secure.
Take advantage of BYOD and utilize the tools available to increase your mobility and connectivity with colleagues. There are many popular apps and tools that can make your mobility much easier. Avaya’s Flare Communicator app, announced earlier this year, simplifies your communication tools and keeps you connected from virtually anywhere with WiFi or 3G access. This app is only available for the Apple iPad at the moment, but Avaya does plan on releasing the app for other consumer devices before the end of the year. The app provides voice, instant messaging with presence and email integration to users. Connecting with your network’s Avaya Aura, the app allows one to manage call history and contact management, answer calls, receive voicemail, and stay connected and updated with instant messaging and emails. Check out the Avaya page for a video demo of this product. The application is available for download through the Apple App Store.
As you or your employees decide to add their own device to the company network, take full advantage of added mobility but remember to keep the company’s network, infrastructure, and private information protected.