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Employees will be required to use their own devices in the office within the next few years

A new study published by research firm Gartner found that one significant change in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is coming. According to the study, by 2017 half of all employers will require workers to supply their own smartphones and tablets for work needs.

The research firm believes that companies that offer company-owned smartphones or stipends to purchase your own device will become the exception among enterprise employers. 38% of all companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 according to the study. The study says that all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
The study found that roughly half of all corporate environments supporting BYOD currently provide partial reimbursement for devices.

Interestingly, the study also found that companies within the United States are twice as likely to allow employees to bring their own devices to work as those in Europe. Europe currently boasts the lowest adoption of all regions for BYOD policies.
Gartner also says that workers in India, China, and Brazil are the most likely to be using their own device at the office.

Source: Computer World

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is this suprising?
By BRB29 on 5/2/2013 9:47:20 AM , Rating: 5
It's already happening. My siblings and friends are already doing this. They reimburse your full monthly payment of a reasonable plan(~$100). It's known to be a waste for companies to provide phones to employees when the employees already have phones. The other problem is carrying 2 phones. Most people will forget one or the other at some point. It is just a waste of money and a hassle. Unless you are working under Top Secret or higher clearance on high priority projects, there is no need for a separate phone.

RE: is this suprising?
By Mitch101 on 5/2/2013 11:07:06 AM , Rating: 2
I also think the satisfaction rate is higher having your own personal preference of device instead of what the company thinks you should be carrying.

I would dare say it probably also cuts down on the lost/stolen/broken devices whenever a newer company issued device comes out. I'm sure there is a percentage of people who do this to get the latest device from their office. Being in the corporate mobile sector the same users seem to have this issue whenever a new device is issued.

RE: is this suprising?
By darckhart on 5/2/2013 11:12:06 AM , Rating: 2
so laziness and irresponsibility of the worker make this ok? many companies have policies in place that do not guarantee any right of privacy and allow themselves unfettered access to any company-owned equipment. no thanks. i'd rather keep them separate.

"hey we pushed some config changes to your phone so you can better access company resources remotely. sorry it borked most of your other apps. btw, we also saw those snapchats. nice pix."

RE: is this suprising?
By jimbojimbo on 5/2/2013 2:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately during the BES era companies were controlling of their mobile devices but more and more the trend is going towards what the users want. This ties in with employee hiring, satisfaction, and retention. It's a perk that we offer potential employees. I'm not sure about other companies but where we work we try to hire the best and the little perks can sometimes favor us in their decisions.

RE: is this suprising?
By retrospooty on 5/2/2013 6:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you need to look for a better company that doesnt = ass.

RE: is this suprising?
By sfbruin18 on 5/2/2013 11:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
"Worlds colliding! Worlds colliding!" - George Costanza (Seinfeld)

I have always kept separate phones, despite the hassle for 2 reasons: 1) My former company issued BB's, and not the latest model, so I preferred my newer, slicker smartphone, and 2) most importantly, because they controlled the phones, they blocked access to social media sites and apps, and were constantly making changes to my phone. Apps would disappear and new ones would be installed without my control. No thanks.

RE: is this suprising?
By Souka on 5/3/2013 1:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
you forgot one important item. A company can wipe your phone at any time... be it a company provided one or personal.

I used to be a BES admin.. standard protocol was to wipe the employee's phone when they were called in to speak with the HR rep & manager. (also locked accounts n' such).

Once the iPhone (personal) came into use, we did the same practice... people really didn't like me(IT) when it happened. But it's part of the agreement the employee signs when they connect a personal device to our Exchange server.

RE: is this suprising?
By kmmatney on 5/2/2013 1:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've never had my own cell phone. My company pays for the plan directly - we just go to the ATT store to pick the phone we want. We can have the company pay for the phone (and we have to give it back) or we can pay for the phone, at 2-year plan rates, and keep it. I decided to pay for my iPhone 3GS, and sold it on Ebay for $50 more than it cost to upgrade to the 4S last year. The phone are not controlled by IT - we just have a few documents on how to set them up with our exchange server.

RE: is this suprising?
By jimbojimbo on 5/2/2013 2:08:11 PM , Rating: 3
If your phone is hooking in Exchange they can control certain aspects of it. You just don't know it or skipped over that part in the documents.

RE: is this suprising?
By amanojaku on 5/2/2013 3:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
Here's what Exchange can do to iOS:

Enforce passcode on device (DevicePasswordEnabled)

Minimum passcode length (MinDevicePasswordLength)

Maximum failed passcode attempts (MaxDevicePasswordFailedAttempts)

Note: The device is wiped once the specified value is exceeded.

Passcode requires both numbers and letters (AlphanumericPasswordEnabled)

Note: The user must enter a device passcode that contains at least one letter and one number.

Inactivity time in minutes (MaxInactivityTimeDeviceLock)

Note: The value specified by the inactivity time policy determines the maximum value that users can select both in Settings > General > Auto-Lock and in Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Require Passcode.

The following Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 policies are also supported:

Prohibit simple passcode (AllowSimpleDevicePassword)

Passcode expiration in days (DevicePasswordExpiration)

Passcode history (DevicePasswordHistory)

Minimum number of complex characters in passcode (MinDevicePasswordComplexCharacters)

Note: Specifies how many characters in a passcode must not be numbers or letters.

Require manual syncing while roaming (RequireManualSyncWhenRoaming)

Note: Turns push off while the device is roaming, and is specified separately for each Exchange account.

Allow camera (AllowCamera)

Allow web browser (AllowBrowser)

Note: Prohibits the use of Safari and removes the app from the Home screen.

Maximum age of email messages synced (MaxEmailAgeFilter)

Note: Specified separately for each Exchange account.

Require device encryption (RequireDeviceEncryption)

Note: iPhone 3G and iPod touch models prior to Fall 2009 don’t support device encryption and won’t connect to an Exchange Server that requires it.

RE: is this suprising?
By ClownPuncher on 5/2/2013 3:23:36 PM , Rating: 2
I keep work and personal life separate as much as possible. Having 2 phones isn't any more of a hassle.

RE: is this suprising?
By marvdmartian on 5/3/2013 8:01:49 AM , Rating: 2
Of course, it's all a moot point if you don't OWN a smart phone, right??

RE: is this suprising?
By TSS on 5/4/2013 4:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I think in today's age there's another factor to it, the hype of the damn things.

I had a buddy working on a service desk during the time of the first iphone release and the massive hype surrounding them. The people he was servicing already had smartphones, nokia's, which did the job adequatly mind you.

As soon as the company offered iPhones as well as nokia's for new employees as replacement phones, the failure rate of the nokia's nigh tripled instantly. Ofcourse the emplyees wheren't allowed to "trade in" their perfectly fine nokia's, so the only way to get a new phone quick was to destroy the old one.

Unless you're fine with buying your employees the latest and greatest every 6 months, buying smartphones for your workers is simply not doable.

Not happening
By tayb on 5/2/2013 12:52:31 PM , Rating: 5
If a company wants me to answer a phone or do work on a gadget for business purposes they will provide the phone and/or the gadget. I'm more than happy to have a single phone, paid for by the employer, that they can lock down for security reasons. I will not tolerate an employer requiring me to purchase my own phone, pay my own plan, and then also lock it down. They don't get to have their own cake and eat it too.

It might seem like this is where the industry is headed but competition for talent will completely kill this idea. People will just flat out reject it and move to other companies that don't have such idiotic policies.

RE: Not happening
By cknobman on 5/2/2013 1:29:52 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same as you.

I wont work for a company that requires me to use my personal phone for work purposes and does not reimburse me any of my bill.

how does this work if you root your phone?
By mackx on 5/2/2013 11:46:02 AM , Rating: 2
if they have apps that wont work unless the phone is secure? in that scenario i'd end up having to get 2 phones surely? which would lead to me forgetting one or the other at some point since root is not optional

By jimbojimbo on 5/2/2013 2:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
Easy. You pay for your one line and the company pays for your other line but you would probably still have to buy a 2nd phone for the work one.

not for long
By chris2618 on 5/2/2013 5:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
When companies find IP and commercial in confidence data leaking left right and centre the business phone will make a come back.

RE: not for long
By MadMan007 on 5/2/2013 6:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
Bingo. All companies have 'proprietary data' that they'd rather not let out, even if not's not 'top secret clearance' or personally identifiable information or something like health information that is confidential by law. One lost or hacked phone with critical business information and the policy will have to at least be seriously rethought.

By theaerokid on 5/2/2013 9:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't mind it at all if the dual-OS layer Samsung and a few other people are working on would be coupled with a dual SIM so I can keep stuff separate on the same device. That way we can keep good account of the data and talk time usage and my company can just pay for my account with its appropriate parameters and limits.

By mgilbert on 5/2/2013 1:13:52 PM , Rating: 1
Don't do it. If they pay the monthly bill, they can take the phone at any time, for no reason, and with no explanation, even if it is in your name. Just say "no". If they want you to carry a phone, then they should supply it - if they want to keep the rights to it.

I have a simple solution. I don't have a smartphone, and I don't intend to ever have one. I hate them, and I hate the people that have them who won't put them down long enough to have a conversation with you.

RE: Nope
By amanojaku on 5/2/2013 3:06:18 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe those smartphone users don't want to talk to you because you have a problem with comprehension. The article clearly states that:
all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
Companies aren't paying your bills or taking your phones. That's the whole point: to save money and not have to administer devices.

For the record, I don't own a smartphone, either. No point in having one since I'm not on Facebook, don't have a pressing need to read email when it comes in, and don't like the idea of using a screen less than 40".

By rippleyaliens on 5/2/2013 6:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
I have my Android phone,
1. YES we can check the Corporate Email.
2. Yes, we can surf the WEB..
3. Facebook (example)..

Here is the TRAP.. Scene it MANY Times,
1- IF you send a personal Email- DURING Company Time.. TRAP (soo easy to find out)..
2- Facebook posts- Pictures (Infamous LOOK AT ME), During Company time, OR!! You took Pictures, displayed company STUFF..
3- And the Killer.. AND it sounds silly, and stupid.. YET Many a nerd, has gotten BUSTED big time..
You hit sites, that obviously were not Corp In nature.. IT MATTERS not, where\when\why, the LAW REALLY looks at HOW.. What Device.. What IP, Location, etc.. Access a Corporate App, on your own phone= The User actually WORKING, and if any other gaga=GOOONY GUU GUU..

Sounds petty, but Many have been fired for much less.. Trail of Gear, Security of gear, The list grows.. Just saying..

IF you were a boss, of say a Med- Size company.. Say 1000 users. And while walking through the office, you notice someone posting on facebook, ON Company time.
1. Do you STOP, and ask WTF..
2. Do you get the Manager involved, with said WTF..
3. Do you demand to see said users Facebook Account..

MANNNYYY Grey areas.. MANY.. Then we have to consider, Security.. ITS not like, every smartphone as Anti-Virus. Do you allow connection of an UNKNOWN Device to your Network.. NOT knowing if any Virus, or Criminal intent.. Then we have to get into, the "Whats on said Device".. What happens when Employee, leaves company. Are Companies Allowed to Examine the PHONE, or RESET the Device, based on the fact - "Corporate DATA"..

Sounds Silly, and petty.. REMEMBER.. These Devices, NOW!! Hold enough Data on them, to STEAL quite a bit of Sensitive DATA, without ANY Admin, knowing, for Days\weeks\MONTHS.. Serial Numbers of software, ALONE!!!= Massive Headache..

AND Remember.. This is a TECH Site. 99% of USERS, can barely turn on a PC, let alone, be trusted, with a device, that can Snap 1080P Videos\Pictures, of some VERY sensitive stuff..


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