BYOD Growth to Continue Through 2017: Gartner
Expanding access and driving innovation will ultimately be the legacy of the BYOD phenomenon.As organizations continue to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, it is projected that 38 percent of companies will stop providing devices to workers by 2017, according to a global survey of chief information officers (CIOs) by IT research firm Gartner. The company defines a BYOD strategy as an alternative approach that allows employees, business partners and other users to use a personally selected and purchased client device to execute enterprise applications and access data. It typically spans smartphones and tablets, but the strategy may also be used for PCs, including netbooks, notebooks or other portable connected devices. "BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction and reducing or avoiding costs." The report predicted that by coupling the effect of mass market adoption with the steady declines in carrier fees, employers will gradually reduce their subsidies and as the number of workers using mobile devices expands, and those who receive no subsidy whatsoever will grow. Expanding access and driving innovation will ultimately be the legacy of the BYOD phenomenon, the report noted.
"The business case for BYOD needs to be better evaluated," Willis said. "Most leaders do not understand the benefits, and only 22 percent believe they have made a strong business case. Like other elements of the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information), mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal, making IT planners uncomfortable. If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business."