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Evolution of BYOD

With the drive of Consumerism, office workers have begun demanding the functionality and familiarity of devices used at home. IT departments across the country have begun evolving to satisfy these needs. The rate of evolution is varied across both size and industry vertical, however at present approximately 35% of organisations have a functional BYOD policy in place for two years or more. Whilst size is generally not an indication of likelihood of adoption, having less than 500 employees allows more “room” for a late start and early finish.

The policies around BYOD must address not only the types of devices which may be used, but also the operating systems and applications available and who will ultimately support them. Given the plethora of devices available it would seem sensible that those who bring it also support themselves, however this is counterproductive on employee time. Placing the burden on IT Support however, will inevitably cause a strain on already stretched support resources.

BYOD also gives rise to new questions on data ownership and control. Who will own work related data on a BYOD? New processes must also be created to maintain company security if a BYOD is lost or stolen. One way of addressing the control and ownership would be for a CYOD (Choose your own device) however this strategy is not without its complications, not only will it be costlier the issue of who owns the device and the data if the employee leaves after a few months still remains.

Regardless, the evolution towards seamless technology between work and home continues.

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