2013 is ‘make or break’ year for BYOD policies, report warns

The trend of employees bringing their own technology to work will grow exponentially next year – whether businesses actively manage it or not, according to an IT analyst firm.

Two-thirds of businesses already are seen some form of the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon in their office, but just one in four have actively created a policy that allows for consumer devices to be used in the workplace. That’s the findings of an Info-Tech Indaba survey sponsored by Telus Corp. This could cause problems, the London, Ont.-based analysts warn, raising security issues and complicating IT environments with multiple devices and operating systems.

For 2013, the most popular technology for BYOD efforts is smartphones with 72 per cent of firms expressing at least some interest, according to Info-Tech. The next most popular is tablets with 64 per cent of businesses expressing interest, and then laptops with 59 per cent showing interest.

Smartphones are the most popular tech choice for BYOD.

It’ll be better for those businesses to take action now and implement a formal policy now, or it could end up costing more money down the line. Businesses surveyed that already have a BYOD strategy on average had lower telecom expenses, were more likely to deploy mobile apps within 24 hours, and were more likely to have no issues passing compliance checks when compared to firms with no formal policy.

More survey data and analysis is available in a white paper from Telus and Info-Tech.

Source | Telus Talks Business

Would you recommend this article?

Share

Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication. Click this link to send me a note →

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada
Brian Jackson
Brian Jacksonhttp://www.itbusiness.ca
Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

Related Tech News

Get ITBusiness Delivered

Our experienced team of journalists brings you engaging content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives delivered directly to your inbox.