BYOD, the familiar acronym for the “bring your own device” phenomenon was once just a trend, but its accelerating proliferation has gone widespread and now it’s here to stay. Although some IT managers may not be too fond of it, employees love being able to bring their own personal devices to work. In fact, according to TrackVia’s infographic below, 63 percent of employees believe BYOD positively influences their view of the company.
Many companies have already embraced BYOD. Actually according to this infographic, 53% or organizations officially have a policy encouraging and allowing employees to use their own devices on the company’s wireless network and this number is expected to continue to rise.
Because of the possible security risks to the company’s network and data, some are still leery, but that’s still not stopping several employees from bringing personal devices to work. This infographic shows 80% of employees already use personal mobile devices for business purposes. So that means 27% of those are bringing their own devices even though the organization doesn’t condone it.
Whether you like it or not though, it seems BYOD is here to stay.
- Gartner predicts BYOD will become the top technology trend for 2013, with mobile devices surpassing PCs as the most common Web access tool.
- Forrester Research says the consumer-driven iPad is pouring into the enterprise at breakneck speeds with 81 percent of firms having tablet plans and 250 million tablets expected to be in employees’ hands by 2016.
Check out this infographic below to see just how much BYOD has taken off:
You’ve seen the numbers, personal devices are coming to your wireless network if they havn’t already, so you might as well buckle down, get a plan and take advantage of the potential cost savings, improved employee satisfaction, and increased productivity BYOD can offer. You can check out this article 7 Benefits of BYOD on Enterprise Wireless Networks to see the benefits BYOD has to offer.
The demand for mobile devices on enterprise wireless networks will continue to accelerate and organizations will continue to be faced with increasing pressure to allow BYOD (bring your own device) on their secure wireless network. Some of the main BYOD concerns for many companies is the possible overload of mobile devices on the wireless network system and network security. That’s where we can help.