Is 2016 set to be a defining year for BYOD?

Is 2016 set to be a defining year for BYOD? (iStock)

Several analysts and experts have already predicted that there is little sign of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend fading any time soon, with the appetite for mobile and flexible seemingly as strong as ever.

A recent report from Global Market Insights suggests the demand for BYOD products is in fact so strong it will see the market increase to a value of $367 billion (£255.17 billion) by 2022, up from $94 billion in 2014.

Whatever the predictions for the long-term future of the trend, there is a general feeling among analysts that the coming year will be a defining one for BYOD, with experts predicting the rise of several interesting trends.

Adopt or be left behind

While levels of BYOD adoption have arguably never been higher, there are still a number of companies that are reluctant to take the plunge due to concerns surrounding security.

The landscape may well be about to change to the point of no return over the next 12 months, with BYOD set to become a minimum requirement for various companies.

Recent figures from Gartner have even suggested that around half of employers around the world will require some form of BYOD program by the end of 2016.

While this has partially been due to more businesses recognising the benefits of BYOD, it is also down to an increased demand among employees.

The fact is the traditional on-premise method of doing business is beginning to fade away in its relevance, particularly given that many companies contain colleagues and clients situated in various corners of the globe, often never meeting in person.

The landscape has therefore altered dramatically in recent year and companies that fail to adapt could risk being left behind.

More apps

While hardware has always been an important part of BYOD, there is increasing evidence to suggest that 2016 will see an increase in software solutions, adding extra clout to the apps and cloud resources that are already currently on the market.

The emphasis here is largely on encouraging collaboration between colleagues, which is an issue that can cause problems for many companies implementing BYOD policies.

Usually implemented as part of an official BYOD policy, apps can help to bring all of the efforts of workers together under one umbrella.

Mobile device management (MDM) remains a key feature for many systems, helping to ensure that all workers stay within the confines set out by their employer, helping to secure data and privacy.

Some companies are still lagging in their attempts to implement MDM, but with players like Appl rumoured to be showing more of an interest, things could be about to change over the next 12 months.

The rise of IoT

The upcoming 12 months is set to see the internet of things (IoT) really take off, meaning that BYOD will no longer simply involve smartphones and tablets.

The implications of IoT is that every part of the world around us, whether it be at home or in the office, will be connected.

Evidence suggests that IoT is going to get bigger over the next few months, with research from Gartner revealing that  30 per cent of organisations had already implemented an IoT plan.

However, while only 29 per cent of businesses have so far embraced IoT, expers estimate that figure is expected to rise to 43 per cent.

Another 21 per cent of the organisations surveyed said they intend to deploy IoT-related technologies "after 2016."

It all means that nearly two-thirds of companies either have, or soon will have, IoT as the backbone of their business.