Bring-your-own-device gains traction in the U.S. — even if enterprises aren't ready yet

Gartner says about two-fifths of all U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises use their own device for work. More often the case, their employer doesn't even know about it.

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Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) uptake accounts for about 40 percent of U.S. enterprise employees, according to the latest statistics by Gartner.

According to the survey, posted on Tuesday, the research firm said about two-fifths of all U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises use their personally-owned smartphone, tablet, or desktop for some kind of work.

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The survey, made up of more than 4,300 U.S. consumers, shows that BYOD users are more likely to use their desktops than any other device, ranking in at 42 percent of all those surveyed. Meanwhile, 40 percent bring their own smartphones, 36 percent bring their own laptops, and 26 percent use their tablets.

The interesting nugget in the figures show that just one-quarter of all enterprise employees surveyed users are required to bring their own device.

That means more users are bringing their own devices because they are suited better, more powerful, better equipped for the task, or — as the case may well be — that enterprises are not yet fully embracing IT requirements as fast as they should be.

That means the remaining three-quarters are using their own devices without their employers' consent.

Although you would be stretched to file this with the "it's a shocker" department, it does show the growing need for security and data protections solutions that go with BYOD policies.

"Devices that were once bought purely for personal use are increasingly being used for work and technology vendors and service providers need to respond to this," Gartner principal research analyst Amanda Sabia said in remarks.

Other numerical nuggets from the research: 

  • 32 percent of survey respondents said they will buy a new smartphone in the next 12 months, with 23 percent wanting to buy a new notebook, and 20 percent wanting to buy a tablet 

  • There are more than 6 devices per home on average, accounting for laptops, smartphones, and gaming consoles, measuring the U.S. market at roughly 770 million devices

  • 80 percent of all consumers have downloaded a mobile app, with 75 percent of those apps being free to download

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