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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not for long
5/2/2013 5:37:50 PM
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
5/2/2013 6:16:36 PM
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.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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