BYOD Is a Win-Win When It's User-Centric: Study
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon shows once again how those who try to resist technological change as it gains momentum end up getting overwhelmed. Those who recognize the irresistible power of this phenomenon use it to their advantage to help themselves and the organization they work for to become success stories in their field. Dell subsidiary Quest Software recently hired research firm Vanson Bourne to conduct a study on how organizations worldwide are responding to the BYOD trend—and even more specifically, if they're focusing on managing devices or user identities—and whether their approach has slowed down their business or advanced it. Spoiler alert: The report says that Dell uses BYOD as a "catalyst for continuous improvement in IT" and that companies with a similar user-centric approach "were able to reap the greatest and most immediate rewards while experiencing the fewest setbacks." Here, eWEEK has collected some of the report's most compelling findings.
Taking a User-Centric Approach to BYOD
For the report "BYOD: Putting Users First Produces Biggest Gains, Fewest Setbacks," nearly 1,500 IT heads in 10 countries were interviewed. Researchers found that companies that treated BYOD as a strategic advantage, rather than as a headache, "were able to resolve some of the biggest BYOD problems, including security, access rights and data leakage."