Recognising the rapidly growing presence, power and connectivity of personal productivity devices such as tablets, smart phones and light weight laptops within the workforce, larger companies are adapting quickly to offer support for these devices on corporate networks.
Research undertaken by mobile device management vendor Good Technology indicates that many enterprise companies are now supporting the BYOD model. Market sector is shown to be an important factor, with companies from the financial services and healthcare sectors the most advanced, followed by manufacturing, wholesale, retail and the public sector.
In the most advanced sectors (financial services and healthcare), the study indicates that a BYOD policy is being supported by 80% of companies employing between 2,000 and 5,000 employees, by 60% of companies with between 5,000 and 10,000 employees and by 35% of businesses with more than 10,000 employees.
The report states:
"The influx of personal mobile devices in the enterprise is changing policy drastically. This report’s findings support the idea that formal BYOD programmes, combined with supporting solutions and policies to ensure security and compliance, are fast becoming the predominant model for enabling broad employee mobility, across multiple industries and around the globe."
"In fact, across all industries surveyed, the large majority of Good’s customers already have such programmes and supporting solution and policies in place. But, no matter what their specific objectives and approach may be, it’s clear that enterprises must take a proactive approach if they are to compete effectively with their peer companies, maximise the productivity of their employees and ensure ongoing security and compliance in an increasingly mobile and BYOD world."
When asked whether current ICT policies needed to be amended to accommodate BYOD, 77% of respondents said they had modified their policies, while the balance claimed that they could accommodate BYOD without making changes.
The survey also found that employees were prepared to pay for the personal devices that they bring to work. Some 50 per cent of companies with BYOD models said that they were not contributing to the cost of the devices being used by employees. Other companies stated that they had policies to assist employees with the costs of the mobile devices. It was noted that the highest rate of take-up was from companies where employees were being financially assisted.
BYOD raises some interesting questions about the balance between personal productivity: "I need to connect my iPad to the corporate network!" and the security and governance of that network.
If you would like help to address those questions and implement BYOD securely then you may want to speak to us.