BYOD Programs Boost Productivity, Efficiency
A BT survey of IT managers and bring-your-own-device program users suggests that concerns over corporate network security remain.Its no secret that the bring-your-own-device trend opens up new possibilities for employees and the businesses they work for, and a study by communications giant BT finds that more than 80 percent of IT managers think enterprises can gain a competitive advantage by implementing a BYOD program. The survey also suggests BYOD is here to staywith four out of five companies having implemented a program or planning to within the next two years. The survey tracks attitudes toward employees' use of their own laptops, tablets and smartphones for work and includes input from 2,000 IT users and IT managers in 11 countries. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they already use a personal device to connect to the corporate network. Flexibility and improved efficiency seem to be the key drivers of BYOD adoption, with 64 percent of IT managers saying they think allowing employees to use their own devices would improve productivity. Employees feel the same way, the survey indicated, with 42 percent of employees enrolled in BYOD programs saying their efficiency and productivity have risen.
"There is no denying it. The BYOD genie is out of the bottle, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities for enterprises but also new threats, BT Global Services Vice President Neil Sutton said in a statement. The new perimeter is everywhere, defined by employee-owned devices, clouds and extranets. The risk of abuse and attack has multiplied along with this massive expansion.