Bring Your Own App: Surviving BYOA

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While employees' attachment to their smartphones, laptops and other devices has caused businesses of all sizes to establish or re-examine their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, experts say there is a new "BYO" companies should start paying attention to: bring your own apps (BYOA).

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John Purcell, senior director of products for LogMeIn, which provides mobile employees with solutions to access and back up their remote computers online, said that employees' attachment to apps means BYOA is the next wave in the "bring your own" phenomenon. In fact, a recent LogMeIn study revealed that 70 percent of companies reported active use of employee-introduced apps in the workplace.

"Despite existing solutions in place, the findings suggest workers are making swift moves around their IT departments to adopt apps of their own choice for individual or team use," Purcell told Business News Daily. "It also suggests that consulting IT is no longer the norm."

Examples of BYOA include employees using the same cloud storage apps, such as Dropbox, or note taking apps, such as Evernote, that they use personally for work purposes as well. This is causing security concerns for many businesses because IT department don't have the chance to properly inspect these apps to ensure their data is safe on them.

With this new wave of employee-introduced technology come new IT management and security concerns, Purcell said.

To help businesses, Purcell offered several tips and tricks for success in the BYOA era:

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Originally published on Business News Daily.