Aiming to stem the relentless flow of user-owned tech into the enterprise, businesses have decided to adhere to the proverb: if you can’t beat em’, join ‘em.
IT analyst group Gartner says that 90 per cent of organisations worldwide have already issued personal devices, predominately smartphones, to staff. The trend is to continue, with 86 per cent stating plans to deploy media tablets over the next year.
The figures show a universal acceptance of how ‘alien’ devices can enhance work performance, with in-house procurement of technology that staff want to use allowing IT departments to retain a level of control that was in danger of being eroded.
There is however a disparity between developed and emerging economies. IT managers in countries such as the US and UK are most concerned with the legal and technical issues of mobile deployment and BYOD, while those in areas including Russia and China are primarily concerned with technical compatibility rather than security and data privacy regulations.