Research conducted by technology research firm Gartner predicts that, by the year 2020, nearly a half of all Britons will be taking advantage of Bring Your Own Device programmes. The BYOD programme typically sees employees bringing smartphones and tablets to work and using them for work purposes. Currently, only around 6% of employees take advantage of these schemes but Gartner polled thousands of businesses to help form a prediction on the future uptake of BYOD.
Current BYOD programmes enable employees to use their own devices at work. This means that they are comfortable with the hardware and how to use the technology. It also means that they have the ability to be able to check and respond to emails, conduct work from home, and collaborate remotely without having to rely on additional devices. The employee will often enjoy subsidies from employers or access to employer led financial repayments. However, security is considered an issue by many organisations and there are still employees that would rather not use their own devices at work.
Gartner surveyed a total of 2,000 companies to determine their current and likely future uptake of these schemes. The survey revealed that around 6% of Britons currently use their own devices at work. The research also showed that by the year 2020 the figure would be 45%.
Whether it is an employee using a personal device for work or a work device for personal needs, security should be an important consideration and something managed closely by an IT department.