UK still lagging in BYOD adoption

UK still lagging in BYOD adoption

The UK is still not doing enough when it comes to adopting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies, with a recent study suggesting that half of British companies still do not allow their employees to use their own devices at work.

Research from CompTIA, the ICT trade association, found that a lack of resources and "a failure to balance the needs of employees and those of the IT department" were the main obstacles to adopting such a strategy.

It means that over half of companies in the UK still handle the deployment of all mobile devices, with only four per cent of firms claiming to have embraced a full BYOD policy.

CompTIA has labelled the results as "somewhat surprising", given the fact that flexible working has become something of a phenomenon in the UK, especially given the fact that 60 per cent of companies claim their employees are regularly required to travel.

Yet BYOD is still being neglected as a reasonable strategy by many firms. Around 85 per cent of companies claim to have deployed their own smartphones, while another 87 per cent of companies that provide laptops to employees and 63 per cent offer tablet devices.

Seth Robinson, director for technology analysis at CompTIA, said: “The new norm is quickly becoming one employee, three devices.

“PCs, smartphones and tablets will all remain major components in the workplace for some time.”

Along with problems associated with resources and integration, experts have also found that many companies are also facing issues with the development of organisation-wide mobility policies, which are often well behind the adoption of mobile devices.

Only 28 per cent of UK companies currently claim to have a formal mobility policy in place, while 31 per cent plan to implement one soon.

Mr Robinson added: “Policy formation is an important step in building a mobility plan that aligns with business objectives.

“By drawing various lines of business together and discussing the business requirements along with any IT concerns, companies can set priorities and establish procedures for addressing issues as changes are needed.”