Bring your own device (BYOD) is another new acronym in the VoIP world. What inspired this acronym is the tremendous number of employees wanting to work on their own personal devices at work instead of corporate devices.
In the past I have written about smart phone security on a personal level. If you use your smart phone to store data such as banking passwords, phone numbers, or pictures simply setting up the 4 digit passcode and periodically backing up the device on your PC can avert a lot of unnecessary work and headache.
With today’s technology we can give full office desktop phone technology to these personal devices. Whether it is a laptop, tablet, or smart phone, corporate security becomes an issue. IT administrators face a challenge when trying to safeguard corporate information on a device that is not corporately owned.
Technology has kept up with the challenge. Most good telephony equipment suppliers today can offer you the ability to pass corporate information to these devices so they essentially work as a desktop phone. Network administrators can pass that information onto the device but also remotely remove access to corporate data with a few keystrokes. Corporate data is contained on an application running on your Smart Phone. Personal applications remain unchanged and controlled by you, the end users.
Unified Communications Advanced (UCA) provides many features to personal devices. Such features include the ability to place a call and have the corporate caller ID show up instead of your cell phone name or number. Another great feature is LDAP integration (directory), which gives you your corporate contacts. Also, UCA syncs with MS Outlook so you have personal contact information, availability status of your co-workers, and the ability to text chat with your fellow employees.
If you would like a demonstration of these features please feel free to contact me.