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 1:01:42 PM
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?
5/2/2013 2:08:11 PM
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?
5/2/2013 3:31:14 PM
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.
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