BYOD – Bring Your Own Device


The prevailing term in the IT departments is BYOD — Bring Your Own Device.  More and tabletmore companies are realizing that their employees are using their technology devices for both work and play. Experts estimate 38% of companies will stop providing devices to workers by 2016 and half of companies will mandate BYOD by 2017.

“BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades,” said David Willis, vice president at Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company. “The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”

Gartner said BYOD is most prevalent in mid-size and large organizations. BYOD does increase risks for CIOs, and security is the top concern for BYOD. That said, IT is catching up to the trend. More than half of organizations rate themselves high in security of corporate data for enterprise-owned mobile devices.

The bottom line is this: BYOD and mobile working are becoming an increasing reality. There are many different ways you can leverage these mobility trends, from your technology infrastructure to your workstation arrangement, but you need to analyze the best solution for your company and clients that will protect proprietary information yet allow employees easy access via their own devices.  How is your company handling BYOD?  


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