33% of UK businesses have recorded productivity improvements of more than 10%, with the use of personal devices at workplace
According to a Citrix survey, 57% of businesses in the UK have no policies, procedures or IT systems in place to manage the use of personal devices for business purposes.
The survey, conducted by YouGov and Research Now between May 2011 and August 2011, found that only half of UK firms (54%) are aware of all the devices their staff are using for business purposes.
In 45% of firms surveyed in the UK, employees already use their own devices for business purposes.
The report added that 33% of UK businesses have recorded productivity improvements of more than 10%, with 11% confirming gains of more than 30%, with the use of personal devices at workplace.
Thirty-two per cent of firms are most concerned over the security implications of allowing application and document downloads and 29% are concerned over remote access to the corporate network.
According to the study, which surveyed more than 1,100 senior executives and IT managers across Australia, France, Germany, the UK, and the US, revealed that less than half of IT managers, 45%, are unaware of all the personal devices being used by their staff for business purposes.
Bring Your Own (BYO) is becoming an accepted business practice for both small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprise with 25% supporting use of personal devices for business purposes, the report said.
Security still ranks #1 as an adoption barrier of allowing remote work for 57% of participants.
The report found that 62% of participants have no process or tool to manage and account for the way consumer devices are being used with company data and services.
In the US, more than 67% have no policies, procedures or IT systems in place to manage the use of personal devices for business purposes.
According to the report, less than half of US firms (46%) are aware of all the devices their staff are using for business purposes.
The report also revealed that SMBs are coming under growing pressure to enable their employees to use their personal smartphones, tablets and other devices for business use.
Citrix SVP and GM Brett Caine said organisations need to respond to this trend by developing policies to address new mobile work styles that can drive productivity through more flexible working, while safeguarding the use of data and sensitive information.
"It is no longer building for PC versus Mac; it is designing for the ubiquitous device changing the nature of work to anywhere, anytime," Caine said.
Citrix VP and GM of IT Services Elizabeth Cholawsky said the growth of mobile devices, bridging both personal and work use, represents new opportunities for IT support.
"The edge of the company network is extended while software ubiquity and complexity rapidly increases. Enabling support, monitoring and managing remote and mobile workers is now a de facto requirement for IT to ensure highly productive and effective businesses," Cholawsky said.