BYOD has become an interesting example of juxtaposed viewpoints of change. Employees don’t want to have to modify the ways in which they communicate with one another, so they stick with what they’re comfortable with, which is often executed through their personal devices. Conversely, management is leery to let employees experiment with new types of technology for fear of a lack of control.
But 2014 represented a year of major adoption, and managers are beginning to see that the rewards gleaned from BYOD greatly outweigh the risks. Here, seven stats that speak to the rise of BYOD:
7 BYOD Statistics You Should Know1) While security is the biggest reason for vetoing BYOD usage worldwide, 2013 saw a significant evolution: 82 percent of companies allowed workers to bring their own devices for work-related purposes. (Intel and Readwrite) (Tweet this)
2) The world will feature over 2 billion mobile devices by the end of 2015. (ABI Research) (Tweet this)
3) Similarly, the quantity of tablets produced in 2012 will have tripled by 2017 to 370 million. (Gartner) (Tweet this)
4) Executives' concern is perhaps justified, as 51 percent of employees have reported accessing wireless networks that are unsecured. (Cisco) (Tweet this)
5) Employees are often going rogue—53% of workers do work on their personal devices, install unauthorized programs, or use public internet-based interfaces for work. (Forrester) (Tweet this)
6) Despite justifiable concern, BYOD shouldn’t be solely known for its security risks. Intel states that employees can save an average of 57 minutes per day after participating in an Intel BYOD program. (Intel and Readwrite) (Tweet this)
7) 74 percent of IT managers believe that BYOD ultimately makes employees more efficient with their day-to-day work responsibilities. (Dell) (Tweet this)
So there you have it. While it can initially prove to be a headache for executives and IT managers, BYOD can certainly make employees more efficient when it is rolled out in a thoughtful, controlled manner. Furthermore, with the increasingly mobile direction that the technological world is taking, the inevitability of BYOD is already plain for all to see. The balance between increased mobility and freedom for employees—coupled with a certain amount of regulation to keep everything in check—is the key to making the most of this exciting new trend.