Pair the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks with widely available Wi-Fi and what do you get? You get the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon that is shaping an always-on, highly mobile workforce that can be dramatically more responsive than those of past generations.
To call it a trend misses the point. Some research even suggests that BYOD will soon evolve from an option to a requirement as organizations look to take full advantage of the benefits — IT cost savings and more flexible work environments among them.
With the rate of consumer device adoption in the workplace on the rise, BYOD is simply becoming the way the enterprise works. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey of enterprises and midmarket companies bears this out:
- 62 percent of enterprises and 40 percent of midmarket companies reported experiencing significant growth in employees’ use of alternative endpoint devices
- End-user demand for these devices emerged as the leading cause for this shift, with 75 percent of enterprises and 62 percent of midmarket companies citing it as a factor
- 56 percent of enterprises and 37 percent of midmarket companies report that most end users want to start using smartphones for work, more than any other device
Being smart about BYOD
The latest in mobile technology is providing companies and other organizations secure ways of delivering sensitive data across a range of devices, untethering the workplace and giving end users unparalleled freedom to work from anywhere.
A comprehensive assessment of an organization’s needs and capabilities is a logical first step toward implementing any mobility initiative, Courtney Burry, VMware director of end-user computing, wrote in a recent blog entry.
“And, one size does not fit all,” Burry told readers. “You need to fully understand the converging needs of users, security, compliance and budget constraints to take the right steps.”
To mitigate compromised mobile devices, protect the corporate network and adhere to regulatory standards, companies must have sound mobility policies based on best practices and strong partnerships with vendors that can support their specific needs.
VMware Horizon Suite is one option that can centralize applications and data within IT departments and deliver these resources seamlessly and securely to the preferred devices of end users.
BYOD by the numbers
For more context on BYOD, take a look at the infographic below that explores the mobility movement that is redefining where “the office” is based and how it functions.Business,Mobility,Productivity,Technology,Virtualization