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BYOC fosters employee innovation and independence

There are many security concerns with the bring your own cloud and other BYOD trends, but what about the benefits? Look at the upside of BYOC in this tip.

Bring your own cloud (BYOC) increases employee productivity, reduces costs and is a method to conduct business...

faster and easier. However, it can also pose significant security and system stability risks if security and management policies are not in place or adhered to. It's well advertised what the risks are, but what about the rewards? It's possible the risks are risks regardless of the infrastructure. However, the rewards of BYOC for developers, architects and other engineering roles are tremendous.

BYOC invigorates coding and design by spurring independent thought and innovation. Creating unique answers and enhancing application design are important for business growth in a fast-moving Web and mobile market. Innovation and creativity help companies retain talented resources by offering employees a world of opportunity to add value to the business' bottom line.

Spurring innovation

Nothing is worse than droning along using tools that don't meet company needs or force users to do extra, useless work.

In many software development organizations, employees often spend time using duplicate tools for development, tracking and management. It's exhausting and a waste of time to enter duplicate information because one tool doesn't do it all. With BYOC, development teams have the freedom to bring in applications that work best for them and develop their own rules around use. Developing use rules around chosen open source, Web services or cloud applications is important to maintain order and not overwrite others' work. For example, the GitHub code repository tool works well as long as team rules and protocols are followed. If not, the team ends up detangling a mess and losing work. No one wants to redo work.

The ability to use the tools that support innovation keeps employees happy and their focus on creating and innovating for the good of the company. Nothing is worse than droning along using tools that don't meet company needs or force users to do extra, useless work. It wastes time that development staff could be using to create new code, new methods and new designs. Employees want to innovate, and it's in an organization's best interest to encourage innovation as much as possible.

The importance of independence

Cloud data storage is generally less expensive than operating a data center when an organization needs to share data. Data no longer must be physically transferred and is backed up automatically without impacting the end users. Cloud services are typically less costly than a custom infrastructure installation and ongoing operational costs.

BYOC allows organizations to distinguish their product and differentiate themselves from the herd.

More importantly, the movement of development to APIs for Web and mobile applications is liberating for both business people and development staff. BYOC not only fosters innovation and creativity, but it supports the independent thought process. No longer are engineers and architects tied down by approved IT tools. BYOC allows them to think independently and use the tools that work best for the software applications being designed and coded. Independent function and thought is a breath of fresh air in corporate development. Employees learn to function outside the box and outside their role. That's good for technology and business because new ideas, new methods and new functionality drive business distinction and success. There are so many Web- and mobile-software-producing organizations, it's essential companies set themselves apart and offer unique applications.

Improving the bottom line

For many organizations, employees' storing data or using personal cloud applications is no less secure than when employees store data on personal laptops or thumb drives. Employees transport laptops daily and carry thumb drives in their pockets. Both can be left at airport security or in vehicles. Both can be stolen and encryption can be broken. Granted, cloud data may attract more attention from hackers because there's more data in a single location. However, most data breaches or losses don't originate from cloud applications but rather from corporate networks, data centers, or the loss or theft of a device. Improve your bottom line by keeping security alive and updated across the organization.

Use BYOC to add growth to the business by building new applications that are user- and multi-device-friendly. Build business by innovating and bringing new functionality to the market. Use BYOC to build in disaster recovery. Implement employee-driven self-service tools that create and support independent thinking and encourage, support and enhance employee productivity.

BYOC allows organizations to distinguish their product and differentiate themselves from the herd. In this way, organizations enhance their bottom line, stay ahead of the competition and retain talented development resources.

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This was last published in September 2014

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