How BYOD became commonplace in 2013

How BYOD became commonplace in 2013

It departments and chief information officers (CIOs) have had an interesting year in terms of coping with new trends, especially with the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon really finding its feet over the course of the last 12 months.

The previous worries over hidden costs, privacy and data security have been ruthlessly brushed aside in the name of convenience, better motivation and higher productivity.

Concerns among CIOs have still remained, but the adoption of BYOD has shown no signs of being stopped, causing many IT departments to think long and hard about how best to keep things running under control.

One of the main ways in which this has been achieved is by way of including a mobile device management strategy as part of the approach in order to improve compliance and security of devices.

A recent article from CIO.com found that this has led BYOD becoming something of a new normal in the IT departments of many companies up and down the country.

It argued that the differences between the state of the market now and at the beginning of the year are greater than anyone could have previously anticipated.

A survey by the Aberdeen Group found in January found that around three quarters of companies claimed to have a BYOD policy in place, but as many as two thirds of that number had an almost completely unregulated approach to such a strategy, with a lack of mobile device management causing headaches in terms of both compliance and security.

This understandably caused a great deal of concern among CIOs across the country, but greater information from MDM vendors gradually caused many companies to come to the realisation that they need not fact eh challenges that arise from BYOD on their own.

Aberdeen Group's Andrew Borg, said: "The education cycle by the vendors and analysts began to sink in," Borg says. "Line of business managers don't want this liability on their hands."

The result is that many of the BYOD policies that have now been implemented by companies and their CIOs are more balanced and secure than ever before.