There’s a good chance the future success of your business is already in your pocket. Consumers everywhere are using smartphones and tablets to handle everything from banking on the go to connecting via IM, email and social media. As devices pour into the enterprise, businesses can leverage the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend as a way to reduce costs, increase productivity and enhance communication and collaboration. The challenge is saying yes to BYOD while maintaining control of your network, information security, communications privacy and devices.
BYOD is happening whether businesses like it or not. In 2012, 53% of information workers used their own devices for work.
And it’s not just younger workers and new hires who are bringing their own devices. In most enterprises, executives and high-level employees are doing business from their own devices as well. By the end of 2011, 77% of executives brought their own hardware to work, and 45% brought their own software. 1 According to a Gartner survey of global CIOs, 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to employees and instead will require BYOD by 2016. 2 As more employees show up with their own mobile devices, the line between personal and professional equipment is blurring. Because business networks are involved, however, a whole host of security, privacy and other issues arise when addressing BYOD. And if businesses don’t address all these issues quickly, they are likely to fall behind more agile organizations in areas such as recruitment, retention, employee productivity, accessibility and customer satisfaction. The question isn’t whether BYOD is happening but whether you are managing it and leveraging the additional computing power to your company’s advantage.