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September 26, 2012

CounterPath Helps Make BYOD Easy for Employees and IT

By Robbie Pleasant, TMCnet Contributor

While BYOD has been becoming more popular, there is no denying there are still inherent risks in using personal devices for work. IT managers are constantly trying to find ways to keep all sorts of devices connected to the networks and applications, while still keeping things secure. In order to help with that, CounterPath (News - Alert) is providing IT managers with a solution designed to make BYOD implementation simple and affordable.

The Bria softphone from CounterPath is a softphone application designed to help users make video calls, send messages, collaborate with colleagues, and manage their presence from a single application. It sits on any platform, whether it’s wired or mobile, allowing flexibility for deployment across devices. Bria is also designed to meet standard security protocols, keeping important data secure.

However, CounterPath also offers a cloud-hosted CCS service, designed specifically for BYOD. As a cloud-hosted offering, CounterPath manages all the complexities of deploying the Bria app, so that IT managers can simply set up their softphones in the CCS cloud. Clients check-in with the hosted infrastructure to configure and update their devices, and any changes required can be made through the CCS’s API or Web interface.

"Bria and our cloud-hosted service is an excellent solution for our enterprise customers looking to leapfrog BYOD challenges and expedite the deployment of a unified communications solution across their organizations," says Todd Carothers, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CounterPath. "There is a significant shift happening in the Enterprise due to the push of BYOD. CIOs are looking for CounterPath and other softphone vendors to manage the plethora of devices and OSs that can quickly cause headaches in the BYOD era.  We are indirectly becoming an outsourcing arm of Enterprises to help lower costs and increase productivity."

While there are many programs out there designed to bolster BYOD, CounterPath is providing two options that work well on their own, but even better together. With its cloud hosted CCS service and Bria, employees can remain connected over whichever device they prefer, while IT managers don’t have to stress about keeping so many devices secure and connected to the network. Definitely worthwhile for those trying to implement BYOD.

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Edited by Rich Steeves
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