McGladrey Embraces Bring Your Own Device Trend, Distributes 6,500 Tablets to Employees
October 09, 2012
By Rachel Ramsey
, TMCnet Web Editor
In today’s workforce, the desktop is out and mobility is in. Bring your own device (BYOD) is a phenomenon that has resulted from workers’ desires to combine their work and personal life on one device. With the constant improvements and enhancements made to smartphones and mobile devices, who can blame them?
If the employees at McGladrey don’t already know about BYOD yet, they’re about to. The account firm recently distributed 6,500 tablets to its workers using AT&T’s (News - Alert) mobility services expertise. AT&T was able to unwrap all of the tablets, test them and load them with business apps in just 12 days.
McGladrey wanted to offer employees tablets as a way to improve efficiency, but also give them a “sense of empowerment,” according to AT&T.
The mobile device management (MDM) system that AT&T installed will help IT managers track the devices and allows them to remotely wipe information from any that are either lost or stolen.
A recent survey featured on TG Daily indicates that BYOD users are concerned about their employer’s ability to access personal information from mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android (News - Alert) smartphones and tablets. BYOD raises a significant management challenge for companies – with a device that features both personal and work-related information, where do they draw the line about what can be controlled?
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Edited by Jamie Epstein