BYOD yet to take hold of public sector

BYOD yet to take hold of public sector

A bring your own device (BYOD) strategy could enhance the chances of establishing a successful telework program, according to a new survey conducted by the US firm Mobile Work Exchange.

The survey was compiled at the this year's Telework week event, which attracted 112,000 public sector employees, who were then asked about their working habits.

The results suggested that laptops are still the preferred tool for many teleworkers, with over 90 per cent claiming to use one for work purposes on a regular basis.

A further 60 per cent of employees said they used a VPN connection, while 30 per cent stated that they preferred to use a smartphone.

Other devices, such as collaboration tools, video conferencing and tablets, remained less popular, but still saw an increase in usage in comparison to 2012.

And their popularity could be about to increase further, according to Cindy Allen, general manager of Mobile Work Exchange. 

She said: “I foresee more widespread use of collaboration tools and video conference in the future.

"That is one area to watch as telework adoption becomes more widespread at agencies to keep people connected. I see collaboration jumping year over year.”

But one of the largest sentiments felt among many teleworkers was that their job would be made easier if their employers implemented a BYOD policy.

“I would love to have a BYOD phone so that I only have to carry one smartphone instead of two,” one worker said in the report.

According to the findings, only 11 per cent of those surveyed claimed that their organisations currently had such measures.

The results of the survey come amid a similar study from Gartner that suggested half of all employees will be expected to provide their own devices for work purposes by the year 2017.

But the firm also acknowledged that although BYOD is becoming more common in the workplace, there are still many employers that do not fully understand the benefits of such a strategy.

The firm found that only 22 per cent of chief information officers have made a strong case for its implementation.