Report: 50% of Workers Will Be Required to Use Their Own Smartphones on the Job by 2017
May 2, 2013 9:32 AM
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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.
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RE: is this suprising?
5/2/2013 11:41:21 AM
"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?
5/3/2013 1:05:05 AM
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.
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
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