The Rise of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD)

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BYOD, or bring-your-own-device, has become essentially inescapable. In fact, a recent Avenade poll of executives, IT decision-makers and business leaders found that more than 80 percent of employees are using personal technology for business purposes. Other findings from a recent Trust in Technology survey indicated that 53 percent of North American organizations condone BYOD and actively work to mainstream corporate use of mobile computing. These numbers suggest that with or without corporate backing and approval, the rise of BYOD is a reality.

While there is a wide range of factors driving employees to use their personal devices for business purposes, BYOD programs are generally viewed as a way to empower employees to make individual choices about how they work. Nearly half of employees surveyed in a recent Trend Micro study by Decisive Analytics indicated that they believe that companies permitting BYOD positively influences a customer’s view of the company. In addition, 47 percent of executives believe BYOD increases employee productivity and 51 percent believe BYOD actually increases employee creativity.

However, some organizations are concerned about navigating an unfamiliar BYOD world. The Trend Micro study found that nearly 80 percent of companies have already implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure, which can be achieved easily by filling out a cloud database form with customized enterprise software. In addition, a Gartner survey estimated that roughly 65 percent of enterprises will adopt mobile management solutions by 2017.

With this inescapable BYOD trend, many organizations are investigating its benefits and drawbacks, as well as looking to determine proper management strategies, the type of support needed to fully embrace BYOD and additional network security required. While BYOD does raise concerns about the security risks, the benefits of using BYOD can be realized with proper BYOD policy implementation.