Last month Cisco announced their findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study, a study that consisted of 600 U.S. IT and business leaders. Their findings showed an acceptance in IT with the new “Bring your own device” (BYOD) to work as becoming a more promising reality for employees. The results of the study shed light on the benefits and difficulty of allowing employees to use their own devices to work from while on their employers’ networks.
BYOD is an interesting concept, with the number of employees working from home on the rise is there still a reason to supply work specific computer? With an astonishing 95% of organizations allowing employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace, what is the hold up for other organizations?
The biggest issues facing BYOD is security/privacy and IT support for multiple mobile platforms. Although IT support is on top of their game, it’s difficult to be “fluent” with so many different mobile devices out there, especially when trying to create one company wide standard.
Even with the issues stated, employees are still pushing for total BYOD work environments, “40% of respondents cited “device choice” as employees’ top BYOD priority (the ability to use their favorite device anywhere).” According to Cisco, their employees even pay an average of $6,000 out-of-pocket for devices that give them more control over work experience
With the rise in employees wanting to BYOD could the need for companies to go virtual be even more prevalent? Within Cisco’s study they cited the three key areas of benefits for desktop virtualization ” business continuity so that workers can access applications through multiple locations and devices even if, for example, a server goes down; employee productivity; and IT costs.”
What does this mean for you? Will more organizations be allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for work related applications? Will there be a bigger concern for employee productivity? Could this change cause a larger need for cloud migration? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.