How to Successfully Incorporate BYOPC into Your Business
Today’s modern day business has accepted and adopted BYOD policies for their employees to access corporate resources. Corporate IT departments still resist the movement towards BYOD which allows employees to use their own smart devices at work. Many corporations have now expanded the BYOD movement to include bring-your-own-PC (BYOPC) to work.
The new BYOPC movement is starting to evolve and IT departments have to decide what current technology to use to protect corporate data. Therefore, your IT department needs to establish a solid plan to incorporate BYOPC in the workplace.
Steps To Implement A Solid Plan For BYOPC In The Workplace
Understand what your end users need in order to work
In a corporation the BYOPC policy only works if the end users are involved. Today, end users find ways to access corporate content using their smartphones, PCs and tablets. Therefore, your IT department needs to work closely and form a partnership with your workforce. This will ensure that both usage and service adoption remain high. The workforce can help improve all IT services through their feedback. For a successful adoption of BYOPC your workforce needs to be involved with ongoing concerns and also set up.
Offer assistance to the user to help them buy their devices
Corporations should offer their employees a subsidy to help them buy their own devices for work. You can work with your employees to help them select the device that is right for them. Furthermore, this helps boost the moral with your employees and helps them to buy the PC of their choice for work. Also include a plan to reimburse your employees for a percentage of the data stored on their PC. This includes the time they worked at home, worked outside the office, and while traveling. Some corporations have found that subsidizing the PC makes users treat it more like a work tool. Therefore, the user doesn’t dispute policies that relate to the PC being used at work. Furthermore, never pay the full price for the PC. Offer your employees a set dollar amount for purchasing their PC. Also, help your employees to not spend unnecessary money on a device when a similar device in the mid-price range will do.
Establish how many BYOPC devices, each employee is allowed
Corporations need to limit the number of PCs their employees are allowed to use at work. Therefore, you need to take into consideration employee’s home computer, tablet, and notebook. Normally three devices should be enough for each employee. Also, consider that each device has a copy of Windows and Office applications that need to be licensed. Without strict policies in place that limit the number of devices your software license liability will drastically increase. So before implementing a BYOPC program you need to establish certain policies.
Limit your IT involvement with BYOPC
To limit your IT involvement use a client-hosted virtual desktop that will that interfaces and run alongside your employees own operating system. Then your IT department only has to concentrate on supplying your user’s connectivity to the network and the tools they need to access your network. Your employees will be responsible for their PC care and maintenance. However, your IT staff still needs to be available to help your employees and answer their questions.
Consider all the applications and services your employees need for work
Your corporation needs to supply your employees with the applications and services they need for work. If your company uses a client-hosted virtual desktop, you must lock down the virtual PC so only apps from your company can be installed. Furthermore, make sure it is possible to update and patch the apps on the virtual PC. Therefore, the client-hosted virtual desktop allows your employees the freedom to install other apps on their own PC. This doesn’t affect your licensing, stability, and security of your corporate virtual PC. However, before implementing your BYOPC program inform your employees of the dangers and legal implications that certain applications can cause them when installed on their PC.