Budgets forcing firms to rethink BYOD

Budgets forcing firms to rethink BYOD

Stringent budgets and an inability to limit workers to just one or two types of smartphone or tablet is causing many companies to rethink how they have tackled the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.

A new report from Accenture, which questioned more than 400 IT professionals from around the world, discovered that IT budgets are still constrained at many companies.

Much of this is down to heavy recent investment in mobile technologies, as firms have attempted to keep pace with their competitors.

The authors of the report noted that investment in mobile devices and new working practices is very hit-and-miss, with those that invested a lot in 2011 cutting back in 2012 and conversely those pumping money into mobile in the last 12 months failing to act in the previous year.

One-third of the IT executives surveyed cited mobility as one of their top-two priorities, while 75 per cent put it among their top five, which is a big commitment to the technology.

However, cost and budget concerns were cited by 41 per cent of respondents, with business concentrating their spending on maintenance of existing devices, rather than investing in cutting edge technologies.

The reason for the focus on mobile is the increased productivity the devices provide, as well as the opportunity to enter new revenue streams.

Thirty-six per cent said revenue could be increased by driving customer engagement through the use of mobile, but the compatibility between modern mobile hardware and software, and the legacy back-end systems many users wanted to access is an issue for many firms.

"Even so, the confusion over the best device isn't stopping progress toward a mobile centric IT architecture. Enterprises view tablets almost as important as smartphones, with 85 percent of respondents saying they support smartphones and 78 percent saying they support tablets," the report noted.

That means concerns about letting employees use their own devices may not be as big a worry as previously thought within the industry.