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Employees have the most annoying habit of wanting to do things at work the same way they do them elsewhere. Enterprises have lived through the fallout as Macs, numerous smartphones and a slew of file sharing apps have infiltrated the workplace.  IT has had to learn to cope with the “Bring Your Own” Effect.

The trick is to know when to draw the line.

Take video, for instance. The BYO Effect is particularly painful for video sharing. When employees start creating and sharing work-related videos on YouTube or Vimeo, a company faces similar risks that file sharing apps can expose: unsecured sensitive or proprietary content.

But with BYOV there are additional challenges: the risk (some would say inevitability) of melting down the corporate network.  Video is particularly hard on storage and bandwidth, and as video adoption grows, the infrastructure just isn’t there for streaming it all.

Another challenge with BYOV is that for video to truly work as a communication and collaboration tool, it needs to be integrated with the rest of the company’s infrastructure. If SharePoint is your business portal, videos should be found there and should play from there. It’s true for content management, web conferencing and other applications as well.

How to prevent BYOV

There’s one sure way to stop BYOV from becoming a problem: provide a better alternative. Fortunately, for all of the reasons above, a well-implemented global video platform will benefit employees as much as your company. Employees will adopt the enterprise video solution if it helps them do their work better and faster.

Learn more about overcoming BYOV with an enterprise video platform.