Spotlight on BYOD

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BYOD by the numbers

54% -- Share of organizations surveyed that plan to allow employees to bring more consumer devices to work in the coming year. 12% of respondents said they are still holding back the flood of consumer devices and do not plan to allow employees to use them.

Source: '2014 Computerworld Forecast Study', Computerworld, September 2013. Survey of 221 IT and business professionals.

2017 -- When Gartner predicts that half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes.

Source: Gartner

$900 -- Average annual per-employee cost for wireless service

Source: Thompson, Cadie, "BYOD or bust: How bad tech is costing companies",, October 24, 2013.

350 million -- The number of employee-owned devices Juniper estimates will be deployed in enterprises in 2014 -- up from 150 million in 2012.

Source: Nerney, Chris, "BYOD trend to explode over next 2 years, study says," CITEworld, August 07, 2012.

60% -- Organizations surveyed that have no personal device policy in place. What's worse: Among those with policies, 24% make exceptions for executives.

Source: "2013 Data Protection Trends Research", Acronis, July 17, 2013. Survey of 4,300 IT professionals in eight countries.

BYOD in depth

BYOD blues: What to do when employees leave

A BYOD-practicing workforce seems like a win right until you have to let one of your BYOD workers go and there's no easy way to ask if you can please see their iPad for a moment because you want to check if there's anything on their personal device that doesn't belong to them.

Can BYOD lift the IT support burden?

IT will benefit from BYOD if it has clear policies that limit its involvement in support.

IT pros and BYOD users see support much differently

Technology services and product provider CDW surveyed 1,200 mobile users and 1,200 IT professionals, and found a significant disconnect: 64% of IT professionals graded themselves with an A or B for providing personal mobile support (including BYOD policies and technical support), while 56% of users gave IT a grade of C or worse.

The hidden costs of BYOD: A visual guide
One in 50 companies gets a $15,000 roaming bill every month, says Visage, a mobile management vendor. If that's not you, you're still not in the clear. Hidden costs are everywhere.

How IT can scare off BYOD monsters in the closet
Most of us are used to well-behaved devices such as laptops, netbooks, iPhones and iPads. There are enough mobile device management products to handle remote wipes and other strategies to lock down these devices if they are lost or stolen. But when the device doesn't have a disk, things get a little dicey.

Are businesses rushing to BYOD too quickly?
From big-time security concerns to shaky business benefits to controversial user policies, the reality behind BYOD is beginning to emerge. Companies may need to slow down and take measure before one of these harsh realities--such as running afoul of compliance law-- smacks them in the face.

The three extremes of corporate BYOD policies
Corporate attitudes toward bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies appear to fall into one of three categories: There's no official BYOD policy, devices are banned, or no one talks about it.

10 BYOD worker types
The BYOD (bring your own device) movement affects everyone at a company, from CEO on down to the hourly worker. Here are 10 of the most common worker types taking shape in the new BYOD workplace.

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