Small Businesses Embrace BYOD, Lacking on MDM Adoption
One-third of SMB IT professionals surveyed note their BYOD policy works well for some devices and poorly for others.Despite a shift toward greater support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, only 37 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are managing or plan to manage mobile devices using a mobile device management (MDM) offering, according to a survey of 991 SMB IT professionals conducted by Spiceworks and sponsored by mobility management solutions specialist Fiberlink. The study, "As BYOD Becomes Mainstream, Complexity Increases for SMBs," revealed that 61 percent of SMBs have implemented a BYOD policy, and more than half (54 percent) of SMBs support employee-owned smartphones, while 42 percent support tablets through a BYOD initiative. A quarter of respondents said they support employee-owned computers. However, one-third of IT professionals note their BYOD policy works well for some devices and poorly for others, while 23 percent say it's a headache for their department. Only 17 percent fully embrace the trend. Smaller SMBs with fewer than 250 employees are more likely to have a BYOD policy, with 69 percent saying they support BYOD. Fifty-three percent of midsize businesses with 250-999 employees expressed support for BYOD programs. Companies with more than 250 employees also have a higher adoption rate of MDM technologies, with 21 percent having already adopted or currently implementing and another 25 percent planning to do so within six months. Of the respondents investing in MDM technologies, more than half (53 percent) selected cloud-based solutions.
"It's clear BYOD support will continue to grow so the industry conversation must evolve from 'whether to how' IT organizations can better manage and secure the devices employees bring to work each day," Kathryn Pribish, voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks, said in a statement. "The results of the survey also highlight an opportunity for mobile device management vendors to help SMBs understand the issues associated with BYOD policies and how MDM offerings can help."