Set Your Mobile Device Policy For 2014

Prepare for the New Devices Hitting the Market Later This Year

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Perhaps you upgraded your phone at the start of this year. Several of your fellow colleagues may have, too. Or maybe you’re due for an upgrade soon.

As a result of these new devices hitting your network, you might be thinking that you really need to get on your company’s BYOD policy for proper distribution and consumption of your enterprise content.

You’re half right.

“BYOD trends suggest that holiday gift giving would have a large impact on mobile device activations,” according to Intermedia, a provider of cloud services for business apps. “And while we do see increases in device activations every January, our report found a far stronger correlation of activation spikes around vendor release cycles—especially when Apple releases new iPhones or iPads.”

Additionally, Juniper Research reports that more than 80 percent of smartphones were subject to malware and other attacks in 2013. The firm suggests crafting a “unified perspective on mobile platform risks is critical.”

Intermedia research: activation spikes from 2011 to 2013

That’s why we want to help you prepare for the coming year of new handsets from the manufacturers.

BYOD is just one of three approaches to deploying mobile within your organization:

  1. Corporate-Liable: The organization selects, purchases, and supplies devices (with the software) to their employees.
  2. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): The organization supports employee-owned mobile devices and supplies software when necessary.
  3. BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology): The organization allows access to its systems through employee-owned devices. Software choice is left to the discretion, and responsibility, of the employee.

The primary concern for any mobile learning effort is budget, according to an ASTD survey.

In this white paper, you’ll learn more about the concerns and what you should be thinking about for your organization when all of those cool, new devices come out later this year.

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Adam Bockler is the communications manager for Float, responsible for all of Float's marketing initiatives. In addition, Adam is a certified DDP Yoga Level 1 instructor, a certified personal trainer, a martial arts instructor, and a graduate of the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy.

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