The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend may not be in the news as much as it was a year ago, but that doesn't mean the movement is dead. Rather, it shows that BYOD has gone from being an emerging policy to a mainstream aspect of how businesses leverage mobile solutions.
In fact, the need for mobility at organizations is in such high demand, that IT positions related specifically to BYOD are seeing higher-than-normal salary increases. FierceCIO recently reported that Janco Associates found while IT salaries are flat, those for BYOD programs are spiking.
In particular, costs to recruit coding professionals who are capable of translating Web applications and sites to be compatible with mobile devices are growing. This trend will only continue in the coming years, as an increasing number of employees are expected to bring their personal devices into the workplace.
This will make it more important than ever before for organizations to make sure their technologies can be accessed via smartphones and tablets. If they fail to do so, they could run the risk of upsetting employees who are starting to demand more mobile tools.
According to Baseline Magazine, 66 percent of businesses already allow, or even require workers to bring their own devices to the office. That's likely due to the fact that businesses can save money on internal IT spending if employees are enabled to use personal products. This way, corporations will be able to spend less on IT hardware and software, as workers supply such assets themselves.
However, the fact that many BYOD-related IT positions are now featuring premium salary demands could limit the cost-savings the personal device movement offers organizations.
Fortunately, there is a solution: Implementing Microsoft SharePoint to make mobile tools accessible to employees.
SharePoint replaces need for mobile coding
One of the most widely used collaboration programs currently on the market, SharePoint 2013 sites are compatible with many top mobile devices, including iOS, Android and Windows 8 products. Instead of spending on recruiting internal IT programmers to translate applications, CIOs can simply invest in SharePoint training for current employees so they can leverage the program in the workplace.
With the tool, companies will not require as much cross platform coding to make Web content fit for mobile connectivity. Although Microsoft training represents an additional expense, it's likely much less than what CIOs will spend bringing in an internal team of mobile programmers.