BYOD Finds Increasing Support Among Businesses: Samsung
The survey indicated the issue of security was the most significant concern of both consumers and IT executives when it comes to BYOD implementation.Although IT executives and consumers indicate support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives and the work-life balance benefits they typically enable, a study by Samsung Electronics subsidiary Samsung Telecommunications America highlights key synergies as well as critical gaps between IT executives and their employees that will need to be addressed as BYOD becomes the norm within the next two years. The study, executed by IDG Research Services, found 85 percent of companies support BYOD today, and more than 70 percent of IT executives surveyed believe companies without a BYOD strategy will be at a competitive disadvantage. Moreover, 81 percent of IT decision-makers and 78 percent of employees said they believe that having a single mobile device helps balance employees' work and personal lives. However, the issue of security was the most significant concern of both consumers and IT executives. The majority of IT executives (84 percent) and employees (74 percent) alike identified the issue of device security as the most important factor influencing future BYOD policies such as preapproved device lists. While nearly half (49 percent) of consumers surveyed believe that the mobile device will become the primary computing device for work-related activities within the next five years, achieving this level of mobile productivity may depend on whether or not hardware and software providers can address security concerns.
The gap between IT decision-maker and employee outlooks on device priorities and preferences underscores a "disconnect" between what IT executives need to achieve business goals and what employees need to do their jobs. The study indicated the largest difference in opinion exists between the two groups on access to company productivity solutions and resources such as customer relationship management (CRM) applications.