Enterprises increasing BYOD usage

Enterprises increasing BYOD usage

Enterprises in the UK are embracing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend more than ever, according to a new survey.

Good Technology found that the trend is continuing to gain traction and warned that those companies failing to adopt the technology are risking falling behind their competitors.

This is similar advice to that which was given by Dell in a recent report, after the firm found that the use of BYOD within organisations was something that helped them to become industry leaders.

An estimated 59 per cent of firms said that failing to get involved in BYOD and allowing their workers to make use of mobile devices would put them at a disadvantage.

The survey found that the percentage of enterprises formally supporting the trend increased from 72 to 76 per cent. Other good news came from the fact that the companies planning not to support BYOD had dropped from nine to five per cent.

Embracing BYOD has the potential to boost the productivity of staff and collaboration between team members, something which both small and large firms are keen to take advantage of.

Three-quarters of the firms involved in the survey that are supporting mobile devices have more than 2,000 or more employees and almost half have 10,000 workers or more, indicating that the benefits of BYOD are far reaching and that they are not being held back by a lack of security, which has been the concern from many firms.

The growth and ease of use of mobile device management (MDM) is helping businesses stay in control of their data. The software allows companies to control the devices being used within the firm and also to perform a remote wipe, should one be necessary in the event of a lost or stolen device.

John Herrema, SVP corporate strategy at the research company, said: "We're also seeing that BYOD is going global and that even our largest, most security conscious and highly regulated customers can safely embrace BYOD if they have the policies and supporting solutions in place to protect their business data and applications."