Global attitudes towards BYOD improving

Global attitudes towards BYOD improving

The numbers of smartphones being used by enterprises as part of a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy was more than double the amount bought as corporate assets during the first quarter for the financial year, according to new research.

The study, conducted by Strategy Analytics, found that over 62 million smartphones had been bought during the first three months of the year, accounting for around 30 per cent of the of the whole market.

However, the report also found there are some parts of the world that are still not embracing the concept of BYOD.

The findings suggest that the regions being the most liberal with their implementation are Asia and North America, but both are at different stage of progression.

North American saw its volume of BYOD devices increase by 18 per cent compared to the same period 12 months previously, whereas growth in Asia was a massive 77 per cent.

Surprisingly, IT managers within Western Europe appear to be less forthcoming to towards the idea, with the survey recording a surprising drop among those favouring BYOD.

Reasons for the drop have varied from costly roaming tariffs, inability of operators to offer split-billing on data charges, as well as continuing concerns over the question of security and complexity of managing so many devices.

But the report has claimed that there are still a number of benefits associated with a successful BYOD strategy, including increased worker productivity, potential cost savings, as well as allowing workers to use their mobile device of choice.

Kevin Burden, director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics, said: "Globally, the BYOD trend entered 2013 with more momentum than it ever had in 2012, which was a tremendous year for the movement with close to 100 percent growth.

"A nearly 40 per cent increase in the first quarter shows enterprises continue to embrace BYOD and downsides such as increasing internal support costs or losing operator support services from abandoning corporate-liable contracts has had little impact on the growing trend."