The rising Technical Quotient is paving the way for BYOD in Corporates

A recent research by Gartner points that almost 4 out of 10 international organizations will rely exclusively on BYOD by 2016. It also foresees that by 2020 around 85 percent of the international business units will have some kind of BYOD practice in place.

India has an unrivaled youth demographic: 65 percent of its population is 35 or under, and half the country’s population of 1.25 billion people is under 25 years of age (source: The Guardian). This presents a huge opportunity to the employment market where unfortunately a huge demand and supply gap remains, which robs the perceived human resource growth aspect of the country.

Today, employers put greater focus on Technical Quotient (TQ) rather than crammed up Intelligence Quotient. The simple reason behind the fact being that world runs on technology and the need of the hour is to have an engaged workforce which is well aware of the technical innovations happening across the world.

Now a days employers focus on talent fresh out of college campuses who have a bright technical bent of mind and are attuned to technological advancements. The primary reason for HR’s to hire these talents is the lesser effort on talent training and skill development that they have to put on, which also creates a better turn-around time for fresh recruits to join on-job environment and start contributing to organisational results.

Another big reason that today’s hyper-connected enterprises look in to tap fresh talents is the oncoming of new organisational trends like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and BYOA (Bring Your Own App) in the tech organisations. Across leading technology organisations which develop cutting-edge software solutions and application managements, the employee board looks towards talents who are tech-savvy and can work via their personal tech devices like Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and Cloud Services. This seemless integration of work culture helps organisations create a seemless round-the-clock product development environment, and enable them to have essential tech quotient enabled resources in terms of manpower and technology at their disposal across all times.

Organisations understand that there is a greater need to create an on-the-go office experience, as they inherently acknowledge that ‘time is money’ and that ‘every business minute utilized is a rupee earned’.  Across all job opportunities in the tech market, organisations are hiring people with a high Tech Quotient who can integrate their personal devices with on-job requirements to create a seemless work experience. Via the BYOD integration, Technological Quotient enabled app developers are undertaking critical app operations via cloud computing, and testers and buggers are turning their tablets and smart devices as their personal software testing zone. Employees are not only happy being able to use their personal devices across work cultures, the organisation is also happy to have a dedicated workforce which delivers real-time results and helps the organisation rise above the dynamic competitive environment.

In present day’s highly-dynamic environment new-age work cultures like BYOD where employees bring their personal devices to their work environments to enhance productivity, takes business onto a new dimension where employers also encourage the utilization of BYOD experience to garner greater results. This growing significance of the growth of the BYOD culture can be understood by a recent quote by industry research firm Gartner which said that the BYOD culture is “the most radical shift in enterprise client computing since the introduction of the PC.”

Industry experts also agree that this trend will encourage business enterprises to find new ways of deploying the BYOD experience amongst varied usages, thus leading to radical result developments. Via involving the BYOD culture small and medium sized businesses can also grow in the near future as this growing shift towards non-cultural activities, will enable effective talent management and regulate rising enterprise cost, thus maximizing profitability.

Experts believe that a larger focus on these two techniques will also help the SME employer save money by not having to deploy larger business resource for IT centric activities, and will also benefit the employees as it will offer them the ability to perform far more efficiently in their assigned responsibilities through devices with which they are much-accustomed and comfortable.

But being a very open environment which is susceptible to misuse, organisations have to be extra careful before implementing the culture, as a minute lack of regulatory control can bring extensive damages to the organisations. From data theft to corporate highjack, the BYOD culture leaves huge security loopholes which open up bigger risks for the tech businesses. Lost & stolen IT devices, misuse by employees, risk of company being infected via viruses & malware are the important challenge for the organisations, which have to be viewed seriously if an organisation vies to implement cutting-edge BYOD policies.

At present day one cannot look away from this emerging trend of TQ enabled individuals embracing BYOD culture which is redefining the tech development ecosphere of 21st century. All that is needed now is to create robust device-cum-data management ecosphere in a manner which helps develop organisational talents and also encourages innovative product R&D.

Sumit Goswami, CEO of KeyPoint Technologies

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