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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a concept in which employees use their personal devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) to do their work wherever and whenever it suits them.

Employees expect the freedom of choice to be able to work and collaborate anytime, on their own devices. They check their emails on their smartphones while en route to work in the morning. Sales reps, who are always on the go, pop in and out of coffee shops mid-day to take advantage of the wi-fi and take care of customer inquiries. Executives, who spend the evenings at soccer matches, baseball games, track meets, etc, are still plugged into work on their iPads. There is an ebb and flow to the modern workday that defies the 9-5 standard. 

Cisco and MobleIron report that:

Smartphone adoption is growing at more than 50% annually, which means there will be 1.2 billion smartphones that enter the market over the next five years.

BYOD is about a mobility experience that exceeds expectations and allows employees to do their jobs no matter where they are or what time of the day it is.  With smartphones, tablets, and the cloud it is easier than ever for employees to hold corporate data in different places. This is good because it makes the information easily accessible to them wherever they are working, and make BYOD amazing news to employees. However, it is also a corporate risk as that data can land in the wrong hands should the employee lose their device.

According to Gartner: 1

BYOD Global Study

Logicalis Group has commissioned a study by independent analyst firm Ovum to look into the patterns of behavior, attitudes and adoption of the Bring Your Own Device phenomenon worldwide. Download the study here.

  • View an infographic of the research here.

 

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1 Gartner: Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future (April 2013)