A recent IDC report shows that an increasing number of IT decision makers are feeling the pressure to adapt to the proliferation of consumer devices in the workspace, with demand coming from both general employees and top executives.
The report, titled “Analysing the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trends in Australia and New Zealand” says the adoption of BYOD policies is being viewed as the answer to that proliferation of new devices.
"Widely publicised and high-profile BYOD case studies are further adding to the peer pressure. One in every two organisations is intending to deploy official BYOD policies, be it pilots, or partial- to organisational-wide rollouts, in the next 18 months," says Amy Cheah, market analyst, infrastructure, IDC ANZ.
"However, there is a disconnect between the assumptions and expectations held by CIOs and IT decision makers — and commonly by supply-side organisations — and the majority of employees when it comes to consumer technologies, device usage, and responsibility. IDC's Next Generation Workspace Ecosystem research has found that only two out of ten employees want to use their own device for work and for personal use, which means corporate devices are still desired by the majority,” she adds.
IDC says that the result will likely be a broader range of devices and operating systems connecting to the corporate network at a more frequent rate, especially considering the shorter life cycle of consumer devices.
"Whilst many expect BYOD to help reduce costs, these shorter life cycles will need to be managed carefully in order to mitigate any blowouts in support, application modernisation, and lost employee productivity," Cheah adds.
IDC says BYOD polices that are flexible and accommodating of all parties’ preferences are more likely to be successful, with “choice” becoming a defining characteristic of such policies in the future.