Unavoidable: 62 percent of companies to allow BYOD by year's end

Unavoidable: 62 percent of companies to allow BYOD by year's end

Summary: TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey reveals that 62 percent of companies either already have Bring Your Own Device allowances in place, or plan to by the end of 2013.


As employees bring their personal smartphones, tablets and laptops to the office, or use them offsite as they take their work home, IT departments are grappling with the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

This change in how people work and the devices they’re working on is leading to many IT departments setting BYOD guidelines to protect company security as employees access email and other potentially proprietary data on their own devices. By setting guidelines, access to data is controlled and productivity can be extended to these devices.

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To better understand how IT departments are approaching BYOD, we invited TechRepublic and ZDNet members to take a BYOD Business Strategy Survey. A wide array of responses was received with more than 1,000 people worldwide participating. The following are just two surprising facts we discovered:

More than 44 percent of organizations already allow BYOD and another 18 percent plan to move to BYOD by the end of 2013.

Chart 1

BYOD isn’t new for those who allow it, with 61 percent of companies with policies already in place having those policies for more than a year.

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Respondents also revealed their reasons for not adopting a BYOD policy. Security topped the list, but there were other, less obvious, motives. For companies with policies in place, our research uncovered the following:

  • Brand/Type of device most often issued by the company
  • Device brand restrictions
  • Percentage of employees who participate in the program
  • Type of personal devices used most often for work
  • Security approaches
  • Hardware/Service plan costs (i.e. who's paying)

Whatever position your company takes on BYOD, whether to allow it or not, the information in this report can help you develop a BYOD plan that serves both the organization and employees.

Download the full BYOD Business Strategies: Adoption Plans, Deployment Options, IT Concerns, and Cost Savings report.

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Topics: Bring Your Own Device, Consumerization

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  • What types of companies would do this?

    BYOD? With all the regulations of HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, red flag rules (covers about any business that takes money), what is the impetus to open up corporate networks to devices not in direct control of the IT department? Furthermore, in addition to BYOD being a bad idea, I don't know any IT teams that have the budget and staff to hand-hold users to this extent? If you're talking about executives or key personnal at a company, no problem. Those individual are the ones paying the bills. But that is the exception to BYOD, not a corporate normality.
  • BYOD?

    Make that past tense. It's normal now.
  • BYOD

    The numbers from your survey jive well with our own research at PGi into BYOD practices. In our recent Social Business Collaboration eBook, our friends at the Plantronics Developer Connection contributed a chapter diving into some of these BYOD issues facing enterprises today.

  • BYOD

    Intel has been doing BYOD - mostly smartphones, some tablets and small number of PCs since Jan 2010. It is available to any employee who has manager approval.

    We do enable most major consumer OS's for BYO but limit the services and data access based on policy and device capability - with security, risk and compliance being the governing factor. We have found that BYOD does add some costs but managing it well brings more value through productivity gains.

    We've captured many of our best practices in this planning guide. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/mobile-computing/consumerization-of-it-planning-guide.html

    There are some resources including an whitepaper from Intel's IT organization on our lessons from 3 years of BYO.
  • Single Device Does it all!

    BYOD is becoming a reality, with IPHONE and ANDROID becoming the device of choice for everyone, Encryption and Security I believe are the next big industries for wireless devices. Our Cloud Hosted VoIP Solution is becoming the standard for Enterprise VoIP. Aphoneapp.com
  • BYOD in Sales

    I'm a sales rep and my company has recently introduced iPads to the sales reps. We've seen a dramatic increase in sales since we started using iPads (we're also using an excellent sales app www.wrnty.com). Our company is however concerned with potential security issues that using an iPad may pose especially since hacking is becoming more and more of a serious problem.
  • File Sharing and Collaboration for the Enterprise

    Really interesting article. This is something we've been seeing across all verticals. Check out www.probox.eu to see how we've been helping enterprises adopt BYOD strategies.
  • Stick a cloud in it...

    Hang it out there for all BYOD comers. Focus on securing access to the cloud domain. Then stratify personnel by read only or read only + functional. Done.

    I can't imagine caring what device anyone used. If they can navigate the cloud wth their device, they're happy. I'm happy. Everyone's happy.

    The only downside I see is the sense of being left behind among those who are "stuck" with menial or human contact roles that don't lend themselves to mobile functionality. Still--even those employees can be empowered to take control of their side of the compensation/benefits process via mobile devices. Who's not for fewer HR meetings?
  • BYOD a Balance, but Potentially Beneficial

    I think the effectiveness of BYOD policies in the end is a function of how well the policy is planned and reviewed. New devices come in all the time and will force new rules of use. There is a certain tradeoff of IT resources vs. potential increase in worker efficiency and output.

    Might I share with you what I think is a neat video about the potential issues with BYOD and how to prepare your policy to deal with these issues. The video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITP-02z02tI) is called Navigating through BYOD and is not only educational about the research-supported suggestions – but also features pirates!
  • BYOD is not really a full D is it.

    Especially in Government and Legal offices, and much more, the Full D is not a reality until you have a BB10 or BB7 device. Most iOS and Android devices are heavily restricted and limited on what they can do, download or run. BB10 with it's business and personal side completely split securely get's past this problem for everyone. And with well over 150,000 apps (real apps not fart or flash light apps) BB10 provides what business people want, need and do.
  • BYOD and CIO's

    It's been obvious for a while that BYOD is going to happen in most enterprises, and that it's happening fast. I think a lot of people miss the effect that this has on IT departments past security risks. This article has a good perspective: http://www.samanage.com/blog/2013/09/when-should-it-chase-new-technology-the-microsoft-surface-lesson/
    Aya Ephrati
  • BYOD Not That Widespread

    The "problem" with BYOD from the experiments we have seen where I work (government offices) show employees backing down on this even when offerred cash to use their own smartphones, for example. Why? Employees are being told that MDM will have to be in place. Any work-related data will have to be erased. Management wants to erase the person's personally-owned devices on loss or theft. Anyone not reporting a theft or loss will be dealt with if word gets out or if a data breach points at an individual's device(s).

    If medical data is part of the issue, we can get hit with million-dollar fines. CJIS requirements (criminal justice) also require visits from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security every time a device is lost. And then there is the press.... Finacial data? credit card numbers? expirations dates? SSNs? (PCI-DSS) and that only adds to it. We don't "allow" employees to take production data home but, as in many places, they have not put in place anything to prevent that except for policies. There is still the attitude that "ease-of-use" and "convenience" trumps data security. But, after all, the employee doesn't pay the fines.

    I think that, what you are going to see is companies/agencies who have governed data such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS and CJIS will be reluctant to allow BYOD without a lot of security that the employee won't like. The other companies will not tolerate things when they link data loss and breaches to lost portable devices.

    We don't allow portable devices except for emploees providinbg 24 x 7 support or employees whose job it is to be "mobile" such as case workers. In that case, there are specific rules placed on devices.

    And still, people do stupid things in the name of convenience....
  • Charity use

    Great article. Have been looking into this within the charity sector and have seen great success come of BYOD. I have an article that may be of some interest at http://www.exchequersql.com/byod/
  • BYOD

    Thanks to the BYOD concept many are able to avoid being locked into these two year contracts. Not only that your monthly bill is a lot lower too. http://tempopaysyourwirelessbill.com