IoT and wearable devices adding to complexity of BYOD

IoT and wearable devices adding to complexity of BYOD

The bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon continues to be a hot topic for many businesses and has arguably become all the more complicated with the introduction of fresh trends, including the internet of things (IoT) and even wearable devices.

Recent surveys conducted by Tech Pro Research, a joint venture between Tech Republic and ZDNet, over the last couple of years suggest many companies remain unsure about the best way in which to include these new trends within their system.

One survey published earlier this year found that 71 percent of respondents said their business had no plans on deploying wearables, while another 60 per cent said they were not sure whether wearables should be included in their BYOD policies.

The popularity of wearable devices appears to currently be lagging behind that of IoT, with 29 per cent of respondents stating they were in the middle of implementing IoT compared to the 22 per cent doing the same with wearables.

IoT is particularly popular with smaller firms, with monitors and sensors the pieces of hardware most likely to be deployed.

Uncertainty over wearables is nothing new, with another Tech Pro survey conducted last year finding that some 58 per cent of respondents had little to no involvement in deploying wearables.

However, those that did make an effort to include wearables into their system found they experienced significant benefits in terms of both communication and productivity.

It means there is clearly an uncertainty surrounding such technology, which in turn holds back many companies from enjoying the benefits.