Many construction business owners may have reservations regarding BYOD (bring your own device). While the practice reduces costs by having employees use their own phone at the jobsite, security remains a top concern for many construction companies. Here is a simple solution: Run two separate operating systems, one for personal and one for business, on a single device.
This week, at Mobile World Congress, Red Bend Software, www.redbend.com, Waltham, Mass., and Samsung, www.samsung.com, Seoul, South Korea, announced they will run a pilot to test a dual-persona version of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the second quarter of this year. This means a single smartphone will be able to run two separate Android operating systems for personal and professional use.
This partnership will address many of the security concerns about BYOD. Chiefly, if security is compromised on the personal phone, the enterprise operating system will not be impacted. Additionally, this will also help to separate business and personal data so it is not intermingled on one operating system.
Here’s how it works: Red Bend’s TRUE turns a single mobile device into two virtual phones running on the same hardware and permits different entities to manage each virtual phone separately.
When it comes to BYOD in business, developing a BYOD strategy that allows workers to securely access company data from any type of mobile device is vital.
As BYOD gains momentum in the business world, other new trends are also emerging. Strategy Analytics, www.strategyanalytics.com, Newton, Mass., suggests BYOE (bring your own everything), which includes BYOD, BYOA (bring your own apps), and BYOC (bring your own cloud), will be prevalent at this year’s Mobile World Congress, with many of the products on display fueling these concepts.
While some benefits of BYOA and BYOC include reduced cost and minimized training on applications, concerns regarding security and that line between personal and professional still exists in these practices as well.
With new partnerships such as that between Red Bend Software and Samsung, business owners may be more apt to adopt BYOD corporate policies. The option to run two separate operating systems on one device might make BYOD a little bit more appealing for the construction industry.