More and more, companies are enabling their employees to use their own devices on the job. Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is quickly becoming the norm as many companies begin to realize the cost savings and increased efficiency from allowing employees to bring their own tools to the workplace.
It’s a trend so prevalent that Gartner has predicted that in just two years, half of all employers will require employees to supply their own devices.
It comes as no surprise that this shift to BYOD has created serious challenges for many IT departments, who must now support a wider array of devices connecting to corporate networks. However, the question of how best to support BYOD strategies isn’t just an IT problem. Corporate L&D professionals must also now consider how best to deliver training content — and elearning videos in particular — within this new BYOD framework.
There are three major considerations that trainers and other corporate learning and development professionals will need to keep in mind when their company is considering a BYOD strategy:
Supporting a range of different devices means supporting an even wider range of screen resolutions, video formats, and browser configurations. When it comes to viewing video, there’s no shortage of viewers to choose from for laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones — as long as you’re viewing a compatible video format. But standards differ between operating systems and platforms For example, Apple’s smartphones and tablets famously don’t support Flash-based video, while not all devices support the HTML5 standard that Apple uses.
Successfully making the switch to BYOD means ensuring that all of your training content can be viewed on any device, regardless of operating system or platform. Choose a video platform that automatically transcodes your training videos into a variety of formats to ensure cross-platform playback.
Employees prefer BYOD at their organizations because they already know how to use their own devices, and likely know the advanced techniques for using them to the fullest.
The flip side to the improved productivity that comes with BYOD is the increased surface area for security risk. Devices bought for personal use can produce unintentional results in the workplace. For example, personal email may be sent from the same inbox as work email. Or sensitive company information may inadvertently uploaded to a personal Dropbox account instead of a secure SharePoint site.
Rather than clamp down access to every possible file sharing site, it is better to simply set up firm policies on the handling of internal files, and make sure that your in-house systems are the easiest and most logical for employees to use. Choosing a video platform that integrates with your existing enterprise systems and is easy to use from a mobile device are two of the best ways to prevent any unintentional security lapses.
For most corporate L&D organizations, tracking and reporting user training data is critically important. If your department is using video for training, then you’ll want to know if a user watched a specific video, as well as whether or not he or she watched the video through to the end.
To ensure your organization can accurately track who’s watching what, it is essential to plan for user-based, mobile-ready analytics as part of both your BYOD and enterprise video strategies. The video platform you choose should enable you to access detailed analytics on audience engagement and drop-off rates for every video in your library.
To find out more about enabling an effective BYOD strategy that includes video, download our complimentary white paper, Bring Your Own Video-Ready Device. In it, you’ll learn how a video content management system can help you facilitate the delivery of training videos in an BYOD-centric company.
Panopto’s video platform makes it easy for L&D departments to scale training, offer mobile learning, and support informal learning across the organization. If you’d like to learn how Panopto can help you boost your training efforts, contact our team for an online demo today.