Is BYOD Worth It?

By: Katie Bascuas

Chris Jenkins, chief technology strategist at the Ohio Society of CPAs, explains costs and benefits of the bring-your-own-device trend. [Titled "Why BYOD?" in the print edition.]

Associations Now: What advantages do you see from BYOD?

Jenkins: The gain in ROI—that's where you're getting something. You have increased productivity. You have people working in a collaborative nature, so you're decreasing the time it takes to create a product. You have longer working hours, and you have a quality solution for disaster recovery. All of those things are decreasing the costs [of creating a product], and I believe that's where the money's being made—not necessarily saved, but made—in BYOD.

Should BYOD policies be used to cut costs?

Many believe it will cut costs, and it might, but that should not be the primary goal. You simply can't cut your way to a great solution. If you set your goal to reduce your budget, your system will suffer, or you'll fail to meet expectations. BYOD should be more about satisfying the needs of employees and customers. If you set proper goals, you'll have a better outcome.

What's your advice for BYOD policies?

BYOD is coming and has most likely partially introduced itself within your organization. Do not fear it. Like any other function of technology, it has costs and benefits. Take some time, make BYOD a priority, and plan it out. With proper planning, you'll maintain a reasonable expense and offer excellent ROI.

Katie Bascuas is associate editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email: [email protected]

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is an associate editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC.