The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement provides the opportunity for substantial cost savings and improved productivity, but also poses potentially significant risks for data security and compliance. To make well-informed decisions, it’s vital for IT and business leaders to be able to quantify these and other metrics underlying the BYOD trend.
The post Five Key BYOD Trends and Statistics You Need to Know exposed the details behind some of these trends and offered recommendations for businesses to respond. This post looks at several more vital BYOD statistics, facts, metrics and trends.
In their infographic BYOD Boom: 2014 Will be the Year the Enterprise Goes Mobile, the team at Egnyte supply a wealth of quantitative data about the BYOD trend, such as:
- 85% of workers say their smartphone is their most-relied-upon device.
- The iPhone 5 is 25X more popular for BYOD workplace use than the Samsung Galaxy S4 (for now, at least).
- Nearly two-thirds of companies already permit employees’ personal devices to connect to corporate networks.
- By 2016, more than one-third of organizations will stop providing devices to workers.
- 67% of organizations say they have seen cost savings since embracing BYOD.
- Employees gain, on average, nine extra hours of productivity per week due to BYOD use while out of the office.
But while offering benefits, BYOD also poses risks:
- 90% of IT professionals express strong concern about sharing content via mobile devices.
- Just 30% of companies have approved BYOD policies.
- Only 15% of companies sanction use of consumer-grade cloud services—yet 58% of employees use them anyway.
To capitalize on the potential service cost savings of BYOD while minimizing the associated risks, enterprises are advised to:
- Create a well-defined BYOD policy for personal device use at work, including specific network access permissions and restrictions; device enrollment processes; software licensing; and data replication.
- Implement an enterprise request management (ERM) strategy to simplify BYOD device registration, automate remote software installation processes, and manage the selection and provisioning of hybrid cloud services.
- Offer schedule-based support services to address the needs of mobile and offsite workers.
By understanding and acting on specific trends and metrics underlying BYOD, enterprises can best position themselves to capitalize on the cost-saving, productivity and business competitiveness benefits of the movement while minimizing any associated data security and compliance risks.
For more information:
- Download the white paper Enterprise Request Management: An Overview, which outlines an underlying framework for managing BYOD-related requests and processes.
- Download the white paper Say Goodbye to the IT Service Management Queue, which explains why IT organizations need to and how they can shift from queue- to schedule-based service to better meet the needs of employees using personal devices to get work done, along with mobile and remote workers who are seldom in the same place at the same time.
- Join the discussion in the Enterprise Request Management (ERM) group on LinkedIn.