UC Tech Chat Discusses BYOD and Wearable Tech in the Office

By Leslie Conway

The concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become a permanent part of the work culture, highlighted by a growing dependency on mobile devices, along with the increasing use of wearable technology. Ultimately, business leaders (and not just CTOs and IT staff) must understand how to successfully manage the evolving BYOD trend in order to both minimize risk to the business and to satisfy the needs of employees.

UC Tech Chat Wearable Tech BYOD episodeGiven the widespread interest in this issue, it seems appropriate to spotlight BYOD in this week’s episode of UC Tech Chat. Our show’s co-hosts, Brian Ferguson and Jason Mefford, tackle the benefits and challenges businesses face when deciding to adopt a BYOD policy, and they take a look at some popular wearable devices on the market.

Even if you don’t have a formal BYOD policy in place, it’s highly probable that your employees are already using one or more personal devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, to help manage their daily workload. Not only are employees co-mingling personal and business resources (hardware and software, or web-based apps) but there’s a general preference for mobile over desktop. Gartner anticipates that more than half of all users will choose to use their smartphone or tablet to go online (with PCs reserved mainly for complex tasks). This upward trend also helps increase the integration of wearable tech, according to the analysts. If anyone doubts the infatuation with smartphones, they have only to look to Apple. The company just posted record-breaking first quarter earnings with $18 billion in profit (and nearly $75 billion in revenue), boosted by another company record of 74.5 million iPhones sold in the last quarter. The company’s next big move into wearable tech is expected to occur in April, with the release of the Apple Watch. Putting aside all-things Apple, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover the numerous applications, both fun and practical, for wearable technology – several of which are featured in this week’s episode of UC Tech Chat.

When it comes to BYOD policies that cover both wearable tech and mobile devices in general, employers aren’t the only ones struggling to figure out the best path forward. What should employees expect from a BYOD policy? Are there risks the employees need to understand? Who owns the data should an employee no longer work for the business? These questions are also tackled in UC Tech Chat, during the show’s segment of Julie’s InBox (with Julie Webb), where the hosts answer viewers’ questions.

As you can see, there is a lot to digest when it comes to BYOD in the workplace and developing a comprehensive policy. Ready to learn more?

Watch this week’s full episode of UC Tech Chat, now. If you have questions, or want to join in on the conversation, use the hashtag #UCTechChat on Twitter to discuss each episode.

 

 

All episodes are available on the UC Tech Chat playlist featured on Digium’s YouTube channel.

 

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Leslie Conway

Leslie Conway joined Digium in June of 2008 as Vice President of Global Marketing. Conway was responsible for setting world-wide marketing strategy and executing corporate, product and channel marketing activities to position Digium as a visionary leader in open source communications and IP telephony. Conway has more than 20 years experience in technology marketing and channel development. For the past 17 years she worked at ADTRAN, a networking and telecommunications company, where she most recently served as Vice President of Global Marketing responsible for corporate, product and channel marketing as well as pre-sales technical support and training. Additionally, Conway served in senior positions responsible for product marketing, product management and distribution sales. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Conway worked as a product manager at Intergraph Corporation and as a design engineer for General Electric. Conway holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a master's degree in management and a master's degree in business administration from Florida Tech.

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