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BYOD going strong after 5 years

Since 2009 when BYOD first arrived on the scene the concept has become widely adopted in many industries. Many supporters mention that allowing employees to bring their own devices (Tablets, Smart phones) in the office for business use has helped companies reduce hardware and service costs. But there are some IT leaders who think it is adding an extra burden to IT departments. Additional concepts like wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) have created more of a buzz for BYOD.

TechPro did a survey in Q4 2014 and here are the key trends around BYOD:

Nearly three quarters of respondent companies permit or plan to permit BYOD.
BYOD is in greater use among small organizations compared to larger businesses (a trend also found in the 2013 report).
The IT and technology as well as education industries are most likely to permit BYOD, while government is most likely to prohibit it.
BYOD is more prevalent in the US and least prevalent in Europe.
Security concerns were the most common reason why BYOD was ruled out by respondent organizations.


The top 5 reasons why companies are not embracing BYOD strategies are due to concerns about security, IT support concerns, lack of control over hardware, loss of standardisation, and regulatory/compliance issues. So it is clear that some industries like media/entertainment and being smaller lends itself better to BYOD than going to a large bank that is heavily regulated and burdened with 1001 compliance rules. As is concluded by Teena Hammond on Techpro

“Overall, the report showed that the BYOD boom continues to expand amidst a blend of benefits and challenges; 74% of respondents have either adopted the trend or are planning to do so compared to 62% nearly two years ago. Wearables are slowly being incorporated under the BYOD umbrella in places where their utility is being demonstrated. Back in May only 11% of respondent organizations were using, planning to use or budgeting for wearables. Currently 29% are doing so and the same 29% have included them in their BYOD plan. IoT devices are showing stronger gains than wearables, with more business presence (43% using or planning to use these) and participation in BYOD plans. It's clear that IoT concepts are demonstrably more popular among those who now depend upon BYOD in their businesses, likely due to their more universal appeal.”

As with any new initiative it is imperative the business case stacks up, benefits outweigh the risks/costs and some operational guidelines and work policies are well communicated to all the employees so the BYOD initiative can reap the benefits it is intended to bring.

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