TMCnet Feature
January 22, 2013

Good Technology Survey Shows BYOD Continuing to Grow

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

People like their personal devices. There’s a certain amount of attachment that people get to the devices they pick and grow familiar with. As such, it’s no surprise that BYOD continues to be a popular trend, as found in a survey from Good Technology.

According to the survey, 76 percent of businesses currently support BYOD, with 13 percent planning on implementing a policy to support it in the coming year, and another six percent considering it. Only a meager five percent are still holding out against BYOD and refuse to support it, and who’s to say that will last? After all, the last time this survey was taken there were nine percent holding out, so it’s likely that by next year, more will be considering it.

BYOD is reaching across the world as well, with companies extending BYOD practices to multiple countries. It does tend to be more active in larger companies, with 2,000 or more employees, but that’s understandable, especially considering how much they’re saving by not having to provide employees with company-issued devices. About half of the companies who support BYOD tell employees that they have to cover the costs, but it’s something employees are willing to pay in exchange for the convenience.

Furthermore, while some of the biggest concerns about BYOD are security and regulatory compliance, that has not been slowing down the adoption of BYOD by much. Companies continue to adopt policies for it, taking consideration and regulations into consideration to make sure their data is safe.

This survey shows that BYOD continues to grow nicely as more and more enterprises embrace it, and employees are happy for it. Sure, it may cost them a little extra out of their own pockets, but given how much most prefer being able to use their own devices for work and play, the cost doesn’t seem to be a concern. Companies are also appreciating how BYOD allows employees to work wherever they are, in or out of the office, so it’s a win for everyone.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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