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The facts about BYOD - from Montage.

10th May 2016

With BYOD expanding into Bring Your Own Anything, with smart watches and even connected eyewear in recent times, businesses really need to get a handle on what this means for the workplace. It won't work to just hope it sorts itself out, if you expect your employees to continue reaping the benefits of BYOD, you need to be proactive in facilitating this.

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

At its heart, BYOD is an very literal statement, an employer is acknowledging that it is more productive, easier/more convenient/more economical to facilitate an employee using their own phone, tablet, laptop etc at work, than to provide a work-funded alternative.

The problem comes in adapting programs, software and best practice to work across the multitude of devices available. In meeting rooms, boardrooms, huddle rooms, classrooms etc, where sharing information is essential and often the very point of the rooms existence, people are not going to appear with uniform technology.

We've been looking at the realities of the BYOD field, seeing what these four little letters mean when out there in the big bad world. Let's check some stats.

  • 85% of organizations allow employees to bring their own devices to work (IDG Research Services)
  • Analysts have forecasted that by 2016, worldwide shipments of smartphones will reach 480 million, with 65% being used in BYOD environments. (IDC)
  • 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2015 (Gartner)
  • More than 50% of organizations rely on their users to protect personally owned devices. (SANS Institute Research Survey)
  • Over 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018 (Forrester)
  • 19% of firms believe BYOD is a way of improving employee satisfaction. (CCMI)
  • 90% of workers in the United States are using their personal smartphones for work purposes. (Cisco)
  • 59% of IT decision makers believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage if they didn't embrace BYOD. (Dell)
  • 54% of people now use an iPad for work purposes... just 42% use an iPad for personal use. (Vodafone)
  • Up to 70% of employees with smartphones regularly check their emails outside of normal working hours. (Click Software)
  • The global market for BYOD will be worth an estimated $181.39 billion by 2017 (Markets And Markets)
  • 80% of corporate WLANs will be obsolete in 2015, largely because they will have to have 300% more wireless access points to accommodate BYOD. (Gartner)
  • Workers are more productive when using their own devices; U.S. workers save an average of 81 minutes per week by using their own devices (Cisco)
  • 49% of BYOD employees would opt out of accessing the company network i it meant giving up access to Android Backup Manager or access to iCloud. (Exinda)
  • 80% o all BYOD is completely unmanaged. (SecureEdge Networks)
  • 77% of employees have received no instruction in the risks of using their own devices at work. (AllThingsD)
  • Less than 10% of all organizations report they have complete awareness of what devices access their networks. (SecureEdge Networks)
  • Only 64% of companies currently have a BYOD policy in place. (Avaya Professional Services)

With BYOD expanding into Bring Your Own Anything, with smart watches and even connected eyewear in recent times, businesses really need to get a handle on what this means for the workplace. It won't work to just hope it sorts itself out, if you expect your employees to continue reaping the benefits of BYOD, you need to be proactive in facilitating this.

The software you choose to use in your business needs to be able to be accessed from Android and iOS at least, with others definitely worth a consideration.

Any hardware solutions you install need to accommodate access from a wide variety of devices. Your wireless presentation system should be set up so that almost any device will be able to use it to its full potential no matter where that device is.

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