Over 60% of Businesses Predicted To Embrace BYOD By 2016
As the wider adoption of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend in businesses continues, 38% of companies expect to stop providing their employees with mobile devices by 2016, according to a survey conducted by Gartner.
David Willis, vice president at Gartner, believes that BYOD strategies are dramatically changing the culture of client computing in businesses, he explained that the benefits of adopting BYOD include new mobile workforce opportunities, declining costs and growing employee satisfaction amongst others.
As defined by Gartner, a BYOD strategy is an alternative that enables staff and business partners to use their own devices to access data and execute enterprise applications. Typically, the strategy is applicable for tablets and smartphones, but also works for personal computers and laptops. It helps boost innovation as it raises the number of mobile users in the workforce. The spread of applications among employees creates new opportunities, which go beyond mobile email and communications. Employee check-in/check-out, time sheets, work order information and worker safety applications are just a few examples. These functions create a more productive workforce and ensure that the information created and distributed is more accurate, as mobility creates a direct connection to these back-office processes.
However, Gartner believes that the use of BYOD for the business must be better examined, as most company leaders do not fully understand the benefits of the strategy. Only 22% of CIOs believe that they have made a strong business case. And just like other Nexus of Forces’ elements (The Nexus of Forces is the adoption of social, mobility, cloud and information patterns), mobile programs often lack a clearly defined goal, which makes it difficult for IT planners to adopt it.
If companies offer the BYOD strategy, then they must show the advantages it could bring to the business and the employees. BYOD has its place in governments and companies of all sizes, but it is most commonly adopted in midsize and large enterprises with revenues of between $500 million and $5 billion and personnel counts between 2,500 and 5,000 people. Yet, BYOD is also applicable for small businesses as it allows them to go mobile without making service or device investment.
According to the survey, companies in the US are much more likely to embrace BYOD than those in Europe, where the practice has registered the lowest adoption rate. In comparison, the highest penetration is registered in Brazil, China and India, where employees seem to be most likely to use their own devices at work, usually a smartphone.