More than 6 out of 10 companies approve of personal device use for work

Most companies choose a mix of company-provided and employee-owned devices

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According to CompTIA's survey, one third of companies surveyed still "strictly mandate" which devices can be used for work purposes and do not allow any type of employee-owned device. For another 8% of companies, employees provide their own devices, software and any other services.

When companies provide mobile devices to employees, 39% of them said it helped to standardize and consolidate IT support, while 31% said it was more cost effective to provide employees with devices rather than a stipend.

"This reasoning is contrary to the school of thought suggesting that BYOD can be a cost-savings move," Robinson said in the statement. "Best practices will emerge that may change the cost dynamics, but BYOD may be similar to cloud computing in that companies may find other compelling reasons beyond cost savings to pursue the strategy."

As more employees bring their own devices to work, they also want to use their own applications and cloud services, resulting in an industry shift toward not only mobile device management, but also mobile application management (MAM) software, CompTIA said.

Managing mobile devices has led companies to use a variety of strategies, and chief among them, at 49%, is exploring or implementing virtual desktops, according to the survey. VDI (virtual desktop infrsstructure) was followed by building custom mobile apps for business systems (29%) and moving business applications to a cloud model that can be accessed through a browser (28%).

"Twenty-four percent of companies report having a formal mobility policy, up just 2% over the past year," the report states. "However, the number of companies that plan to build a formal policy has doubled from 20% to 40% over that time.

"Additionally, companies see increases across the board with regard to the departments involved in building policy, indicating a holistic view towards mobile practices," it stated.

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