BYOD uptake just beginning, says Forrester

BYOD uptake just beginning, says Forrester

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has been hitting the headlines in recent months as more and more businesses look to embrace the cost reductions, increased productivity and efficiency it provides.

However, one organisation has found that the trend has only just begun, pointing out that it will rise in popularity in the coming months and years.

Forrester's Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends found that a crossover point may be reached in the near future, where businesses start to pay for the mobile devices being used by their employees.

So far, many companies have simply allowed members of staff to use devices they have purchased outside of the company, but the organisation believes this will change in the coming years.

A third of workers questioned indicated they want an iPhone as their next smartphone, 32 per cent said they want a Windows-based tablet and 36 per cent were willing to contribute to the cost of the computer of their choice.

The range of smartphones available to workers in the UK has increased since the survey, with BlackBerry recently announcing the launch of the touch-screen Z10 handset, which will be followed by the Q10 later in the year, which boasts a physical keyboard.

The firm questioned around 10,000 workers around the world and found that the number of people now utilising three or more mobile devices, working from multiple locations and using many apps has risen to 29 per cent, up from 23 per cent in 2011.

Tablet use for work and home is expected to triple to 905 million units by 2017, according to the survey, with the report pointing out "the anytime, anywhere work trend is just getting started".

Forrester explained that the expected rise in the number of employees using mobile devices for work-related purposes means there is a greater need to prepare for the challenges the trend poses.

It claimed "a very deep marketing understanding of who your employees are and what they use technology for" is needed in order to implement BYOD safely within the workplace.