Businesses Must Adapt to Permanent BYOD Presence: Ovum
More than two-thirds of smartphone-owning employees bring their own smartphones to work, and one-fifth do so against company policy.The bring-your-own-device trend is here to stay, with corporate BYOD activity by full-time employees (FTEs) remaining steady at almost 60 percent over the past two years, according to a report from IT research firm Ovum. The report advised business leaders that they would need to respond and adapt now to this change in employee behavior, rather than being steamrollered by it. The findings of the firm’s 2013 multi-market BYOX (bring-your-own-anything) employee study indicated the phenomenon shows no signs of disappearing, as nearly 70 percent of employees who own a smartphone or tablet choose to use it to access corporate data. "Trying to stand in the path of consumerized mobility is likely to be a damaging and futile exercise," Richard Absalom, consumer impact technology analyst at Ovum, said in a statement. "We believe businesses are better served by exploiting this behavior to increase employee engagement and productivity, and promote the benefits of enterprise mobility." In addition, the personal tablet market continues to grow, with personal tablet ownership by FTEs rising to 44.5 percent from 28.4 percent over the last 12 months, suggesting more businesses will see these devices on their networks.
Moreover, this activity will continue whether the CIO wants it to or not. The study shows that more than two-thirds (67.8 percent) of smartphone-owning employees bring their own smartphone to work, and 15.4 percent of these do so without the IT department’s knowledge, and more than one-fifth (20.9 percent) do so in spite of an anti-BYOD policy.