BYOD policy before Surface releases

There has been a resurgence going on in Microsoft. The company has reinvented itself and is turning out products that not only look great but are actually more functional than previous efforts. One of the biggest changes is being made to Microsoft’s mobile sector, more specifically making mobile tablets that can fully replace computers, something many employees and employers are no doubt interested in.

Microsoft’s recently announced tablet, the Microsoft Surface should be appealing to many businesses, especially those with mobile employees. If it does what Microsoft says, the Pro version will enable companies to ditch laptops or even desktops.

When the Surface is released, you can pretty much guarantee that the early adopters of technology in your company will be itching to try it out at work. This poses an issue management should address before the Surface is released.

To properly integrate the Surface into your company, you or your management team will need to make sure that it is a good fit. Beyond that, it’s a good idea to create a general list of approved devices, with Surface included, that employees can use. This can then also be applied to employees who want to bring their own device (BYOD) to work.

Managers need to understand all the related threats involved with mobile devices. Employees will most likely use Surface for some personal tasks which could potentially put work related information at risk. To minimize this, you should encourage employees to only use company approved apps while setting access rights to more important documents.

Beyond this, you should take the time to learn how to use the tablet yourself and learn what it can and can’t do. You can also learn about any security features and other benefits. If you know about Surface, and employees see the example that you set, they’ll be more likely to stick to a defined BYOD policy.

Surface holds lots of promise for organizations and if implemented correctly, it could improve productivity or help encourage employees to stay connected longer. If you’re interested in Surface and would like to learn more about it, please contact us.

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