Why are more and more companies opting to go the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ route? Why is the BYOD industry as a whole growing leaps and bounds, and predicted to make even further gains in the near future? Certainly, this trend has much to do with the overall proliferation of mobile devices. The video below discusses the introduction of devices that are even wearable in the workplace, now becoming a much more common occurrence:


But this explosion of mobile computing in everything from tablets to smart phones to Pebble smart watches does not alone explain why companies are adopting policies that cater to the preferences of employees vis-à-vis the flexibility of their working hours and workspace. Yes, more manufacturers offer services and products catering to the surge in BYOD policy like Dell Solutions for Mobile, but that is merely a response to this trend, not an adequate explication of the tendency. Let’s delve into the numbers to see just how much of an impact mobile computing has had in the workplace, and possibly uncover some future trends.

A Growing Market

From a market share of $67 billion in 2011 to a predicted $181 in 2017, the BYOD market is already massive and expected to grow rapidly in the short term future. According to Microsoft, 67% of workers already use personal devices in the workplace while a whopping 60% of companies had some sort of BYOD policy in place in 2013, and that figure was expected to grow to a staggering 90% in the following year. Finally, some 50% of companies in the year 2017 are forecast to not only support, but require employees to provide their own devices for their jobs. What this all means is that statistically there is a huge groundswell of support for BYOD for cost-cutting and convenience purposes.

The Motivation

But why all this support for a potentially fraught policy like BYOD? Why do, according to a recent Cisco study, nearly 70% of IT decision-makers in the US and almost 90% in other countries find BYOD more positive for their company? Because on average, a US worker who brings their own device not only saves 81 minutes – almost a full hour and a half – per week, but nearly half of users polled said they are more productive whilst being able to combine work and personal activities. From the corporate perspective, a robust BYOD program saves some $1,300 per mobile user annually.

With these kinds of results, it’s actually worth asking why corporate migration towards the BYOD revolution is not even more overwhelming. Almost four out of five workers polled said that the use of a solitary mobile device for data access helps bring balance between work and personal life. Meanwhile, greater employment satisfaction with BYOD policy is reflected in the statistic that nearly half of employees would not access the company networks if it meant forfeiting access to native mobile cloud services.

Yes, there is some risk that a corporation takes on in terms of security of data, but by and large, the results are tremendously positive for the BYOD movement. Only time will tell just how much it will continue to revolutionise the workspace.

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