With the Covid restrictions becoming less stringent, more businesses are looking to move back to work. One of the major challenges they face is making sure that their employees are equipped with the right technology to get the job done. For many, this presents a dilemma: do they choose a physical device or a cloud one? There is no one-size-fits-all approach in today’s world of working from home, and having multiple devices supporting different applications is what many businesses are looking for.
The Physical DEVICE
Chances are you have one of these in your house already: a Bluetooth speaker, a set of wireless headphones, or a digital voice recorder. All of these are examples of physical devices that can be used within PIA – and that’s what makes them valuable. While there are no exact numbers to go by, according to figures from Cisco, about 90% of Fortune 1000 companies reported a rise in mobile device usage after implementing a BYOD policy.
Why would you need a digital recorder when you can use your phone’s built-in microphone? With the right software, you can have a digital version of the same device – but what then do you do with the physical one? Most people use them as mobile speakers – connecting them to a nearby device like a smartphone or tablet to stream music or make calls.
The CLOUD DEVICE
If you’re considering a cloud device for your business, you’re in the right place. There is a whole ecosystem of products and solutions waiting to be your digital assistant, so to speak, with features that make your life easier and more productive. Not only that, but many cloud devices are now small enough to fit in the palm of your hand!
The advantages of a cloud-based product are many. You don’t need to consider storage space because it’s all handled for you. You don’t need to worry about software updates, either, because the vendor will take care of that. And last but not least, being connected to the internet enables you to have access to a potentially limitless supply of applications and data.
When choosing a cloud product over a physical one, it’s important to consider the security aspects as well. There are more than enough safeguards in place so that your data is protected, from the encryption keys to the cloud vendor’s own firewalls. This is because a cloud product generally resides on a remote server, which is physically separated from your device.
If you do decide on a cloud device for your business, make sure to purchase a reputable one from a company with a good standing and an established record of keeping clients’ data secure. The last thing you want is for a hacker to be able to access your sensitive company information because of a vulnerable or outdated product.
When choosing a cloud product for your business, it’s important to consider the security aspects as well. There are more than enough safeguards in place so that your data is protected, from the encryption keys to the cloud vendor’s own firewalls. This is because a cloud product generally resides on a remote server, which is physically separated from your device.
Bringing It All Together
Now that you have a better understanding of what type of device you need to use within your business, it’s time to put everything together. As we’ve established, not all businesses will fit into the same mold, so it’s important to have flexibility when designing your office and computer equipment. That’s where the value of a BYOD strategy truly lies – giving you the opportunity to choose the devices that make the most sense for your company.