Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Trends

Most users want to use their own devices in the workplace rather than company-issued equipment.

It seems like everyone carries a mobile device to access the Internet among other applications. In addition to smartphones, many also carry a tablet or laptop.

With the number of smartphones, laptops, and tablets growing, it not a big surprise that most users would want to use their own devices in the workplace instead of having to carry another piece of equipment their company provides.

More Companies are Implementing BYOD to Some Degree

By 2017, more than half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for the job.

This is one of the findings from a Gartner study that surveyed CIOs about BYOD. According to Gartner, “BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades.”

As devices become more powerful and more common, businesses are going to have to deal with it. Users expect to have access to information anywhere and everywhere just like they do on their personal devices.

A Major Shift in the Way Companies Do Things

This is a bit of a change from the standard operating protocol where a company typically provides all of the devices that a worker would need to perform his job whether it’s a phone, laptop or both. In this case the company would pay for these devices and users surrender them when they leave the company.

Implementing BYOD in the workplace brings about security concerns as well. It’s no surprise that this was the top concern among CIOs in the Gartner survey.

BYOD programs also tend to show up more in the private sector versus public. This speaks to the fact that most government agencies want to protect confidential data that could cause problems if compromised. In the private sector, BYOD allows smaller companies to increase mobility without a huge equipment and service investment.

BYOD is not going away. In fact, it’s growing more every day. What are some of the reasons that your company is either moving toward or away from implementing a BYOD strategy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.