60% of firms allowing BYOD

60% of firms allowing BYOD

More than six-in-ten companies are allowing or mandating the use of personal devices by their employees as a way to increase production within their organisation.

The rise of the smartphone and tablet and there uses for corporate purposes are leading to many businesses integrating them into their daily working practices, according to a new study.

However, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) also found that some firms are keen to make use of enterprise-owned devices due to the added control they provide.

The study revealed that a third of the 502 US IT and business executives surveyed strictly mandate the types of devices that can be used by workers and do not accept the use of smartphones and tablets bought and provided by members of staff.

Overall, the most popular way of implementing mobile working was through a mix of employee and company-owned technology, with 58 per cent of those questioned preferring this option.

Of those that do prefer the bring your own device (BYOD) approach to mobile working, 53 per cent said the main reason for the policy was to increase productivity while workers were away from the office, with many feeling this would be most likely on devices chosen by staff, rather than the organisation.

Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, at CompTIA, explained that it is important for companies to assess their needs and those of individual workers when coming up with a mobile working policy.

He added: "For maximum benefit, workflow changes will need to be considered prior to evaluating workforce needs. But this is not a trivial matter, and companies will need to weigh the cost of operational disruption and change management against the potential advantages."

However, the survey discovered that a lot of firms are failing to take this precaution, with the majority concerning themselves with security, allowing access to systems and procurement.

The implementation of mobile device management (MDM) can significantly reduce the security concerns held by a business allowing mobile working, as data can be remotely wiped and compartmentalised as necessary.