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Responsive Design – Helping Solve the BYOD Phenomenon


80 percent of employees use business devices for personal use

Over the years, there have been several forces behind the surge of mobile devices.  With the influx of devices in today’s market, unlike the limited options you were once faced with, now there is something for everyone no matter your style, color, or operating system preference.  On top of this is the introduction of Quadcore to tablets, 4G, and the continuous adoption of HTML5. This proliferation of devices gave rise to the phenomenon of BYOD.

With the emergence of this trend, businesses realized they had decisions to make and quickly: Do they stick to their current policies and only support company issued devices? Do they adjust their current strategies and infrastructure to support new BYOD policies?  In hindsight, with the growth of BYOD, lurks the inevitability of having to create apps for each screen for the large number of devices, which is not only time consuming but requires resources. In the end, companies want end users to be happy and productive while ensuring your IT departments sanity.

A few numbers, stats from Smart Insights, to keep in mind as we discuss how mobile usage has soared:

  • More than 20 percent of Google searches are now being performed on some sort of mobile device.
  • 25 percent of Internet users only access the internet via a mobile device in the United States.
  • 25.85 percent of all e-mails are opened on mobile phones, with another 10.16 percent being opened on tablets.
  • Of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones in use, 1.08 billion are smartphones and a whopping 3.05 billion are SMS enabled.

These types of numbers are hard for businesses to ignore. It is easy to understand how the introduction of Responsive Design is a breath of fresh air for IT and businesses alike.  This is the perfect solution to help manage the number of apps needed to support the emergence of the BYOD phenomena that is now in the mix at most companies.

Responsive Design is a cutting edge approach that allows designers to create one app that dynamically adjusts its layout for all devices.  This web design approach is aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with minimal resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices.  For example, when a user views a site on their desktop, they get the full view of the site. But when that same user goes to visit the site from their Android, iPhone, or tablet, the site will retract to fit on the smaller screen.

Implementing the responsive design concept will free up your IT department considerably by allowing them to create one app vs. a magnitude of different apps to fit the numerous devices that exist in today’s market.  Having an app that will adjust the same from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets will surely help IT manage the influx of mobile devices springing up at the office.  Responsive Design will provide users a way to develop adaptive, yet easy to maintain dashboards, reports and planning apps for all your devices ensuring maximum productivity. Giving end users the aesthetically pleasing look and feel that they are familiar and comfortable with without straining your IT depart is a win-win situation.


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