BYOD fuelling cloud adoption

BYOD fuelling cloud adoption

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has become increasing popular with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the country over the course of recent years, with many employers attracted by benefits such as improved employee morale and production.

Yet in order to accommodate this trend, more and more firms are beginning to turn to the use of a cloud system to replace their on-site infrastructure.

A recent report released by Gartner has suggested that cloud systems now account for eight per cent of the overall office market, with the potential to rise to as much as 33 per cent by 2017.

Around 50 million business users currently have access to cloud systems and Gartner believes that a major shift in the way people do business is edging closer to reality.

Gartner estimates that a typical worker could be using as many as four devices to access the office system capabilities of their organisation.

Such a trend could in turn lead many SMBs to turn to using cloud office systems in order to reduce the workload of implementing pieces of infrastructure such as the installation of software and maintenance for when things go wrong.

While BYOD may have driven firms to consider installing a cloud system, there is evidence to suggest that the cloud has in turn had an impact on the devices that are used by workers.

As the cloud gains a greater influence, users are often in need of a device that is capable of working with the infrastructure of their organisation, while remaining portable and adaptable.

Levina de Matos, Samsung product manager at South African-based Tarsus Technologies., said: "The growth in cloud-based solutions for the enterprise market looks set to have a knock-on effect with regards to devices in general and BYOD (bring your own device) specifically.

 "Users no longer want to be tied down to weighty desktop PCs; they need the flexibility and adaptability offered by devices such as the ultrabook, which can cope with heavy processing, but are not high maintenance.

 "When the business user invests in technology, they want a device that can handle almost anything they can think to throw at it."