Last week, research analyst firm Gartner unveiled the findings of a worldwide survey of CIOs and their attitudes regarding the bring-your-own-device trend (BYOD). BYOD is certainly one of the hottest topics in the technology field today, and the results of this survey revealed some interesting conclusions as to the current state of the BYOD market and the impact it will have on enterprises in the next five years:
- Gartner claims BYOD adoption is most common in mid-to-large enterprises which have anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 employees, with US firms more likely to embrace the trend than their European counterparts.
- Nearly 40 percent of CIOs expect to stop giving workers corporate-owned devices by 2016.
- By 2017, the firm expects half of companies to require employees to provide their own device at work.
It is not surprising that the mid-to-large enterprises are the driving forces behind the adoption of BYOD. Organizations of this size often have a desperate workforce across multiple offices and including those who work from home. It is important for these organizations to provide their employees with secure access to their corporate data on their personal devices (PCs, smartphones, tablets etc.) in order to keep employees productive while on the go.
The findings of this survey also suggest that BYOD is here to stay, as more companies will require employees to provide their own devices at work. While this is great for employees who will be provided the freedom to choose what device they want to use, it ultimately poses a significant challenge to IT. For example, while iOS devices are used frequently in the work environment, by 2017, the landscape could be completely different as new smartphones and tablets are introduced and adopted by employees.
Whether an enterprise embraces BYOD now or in the future, the key to successfully leveraging BYOD is to focus on managing data and not managing mobile devices. Regardless of what device an employee is using, it is the corporate data that needs to be protected. As such, IT departments will need to focus their efforts on developing policies that allow employees to securely access data, thus reducing the number of corporate data leaks.
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