Enterprises increasingly supporting BYOD

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by Tineka Smith| 24 January 2013

According to Good Technology, enterprises are reporting they are cutting costs and increasing efficiency through BYOD programmes.

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Organisations around the globe are slowly but surely implementing BYOD schemes in the workplace.

Good Technology's Bring Your Own Device survey revealed that BYOD continues to gain traction. Companies not supporting a BYOD scheme are increasingly becoming a minority.

"This is no surprise to us since we hear every day from our customers how embracing BYOD has made their enterprises more productive, collaborative, and competitive than they ever were before," said John Herrema, SVP Corporate Strategy at Good Technology. "We're also seeing that BYOD is going global and that even our largest, most security conscious and highly regulated customers can safely embrace BYOD if they have the policies and supporting solutions in place to protect their business data and applications."

The report also suggests that the 'consumersation of IT' has forced many IT departments to develop policies and regulate company information being accessed on personal devices by employees.

Organisations found that by allowing employees to use devices and applications they are comfortable with, many were able to work smarter.

"It is clear that companies are supporting BYOD in large numbers as it gives employees the choice to use the devices that make them most productive," said Chris Hazelton, research director for Mobile and Wireless at 451 Research. "While there is a lot of focus on supporting and controlling the device, the next challenge for IT will be provisioning and securing large volumes of enterprise apps and data in BYOD deployments."

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