Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is gaining momentum with the intensifying obsession of consumers with technology. The new innovations are empowering businesses to design and deliver better ways to work more efficiently while saving computing costs.

BYOD encourages enterprises to permit their employees bringing personal devices, such as laptops, smart phones, and tablets to workplace and access corporate information and applications via these instruments. According to a study conducted by the Gartner, approximately 40% of the organizations are expected to discontinue providing computing devices to their employees.

Let's dig a little deeper to understand how the integration of this virtualized working environment enables a business to trim-down its operating costs while improving efficiency

BYOD is changing the way an organization makes use of technology in its working environment. By using this breakthrough technological advancement, a firm provides more freedom to its employee to work from anywhere, anytime. A recent survey by PWC illustrates that currently 60% of the companies are using this cloud computing technology to automate their business. This is expected to rise to approximately 90% by the year 2014. A comprehensive BYOD strategy is likely to strategically align a business objective with IT infrastructure in a better way. The deployment of this innovation will improve the performance of a cloud-based business in following ways:

Flexibility: It gives flexibility to the workers to access corporate information with multiple devices from anywhere (home or office), without traveling to multiple locations. As employees get a complete access to all important information and files, their productivity is not hindered by the strict rules of adhering to the company's property. This, in turn, provides them a greater degree of freedom to work per their own convenience.

Efficiency: With flexibility, comes efficiency. By enabling employees to use their personal devices for accessing company's information, an organization is able to speed-up their project delivery time. This is ascertained by a survey conducted by PWC, which suggests that nearly 70% of the respondents believe BYOD model can significantly improve the productivity of their employees.

Desktop Virtualization: At present, workplaces use cloud storage technology to house mission critical corporate files, documents, and folders. With time, the entire workspaces are expected to move to the cloud, which means a worker's device is likely to become a working terminal that connects to the cloud-based desktops. In this way, an employee would only enter log-in credentials to connect to its work desktop. This further ensures virtual security as no information will be stored locally.

Minimizes Costs: Another important benefit to an enterprise for using BYOD is attainment of considerable cost advantages. The model allows businesses to save huge outlays on purchasing and maintaining computing devices. Personal devices for accessing business infrastructure are perceived as an easy access points to improve an employee's productivity and performance.

Besides the above benefits, an organization needs to follow important steps to prevent data leakage. This can happen through virus intrusions, information theft, or any damage to an employee's devices. By mitigating these risks, they can realize the complete benefits of the BYOD model.