‘Long way to go’ for BYOD

‘Long way to go’ for BYOD

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is continuing to grow at a pace, but a new survey has revealed that it has not been embraced as much as previously thought.

Despite more than two-thirds of businesses in Europe encouraging staff to use their own devices for work-related purposes, just 22 per cent have more than a quarter of their employees using their personal technology.

Aruba, the firm behind the survey, suggested that there is still a long way to go before the potential of BYOD is fully realised within the world of business.

Apple was highlighted as the preference for most business users, with 88 per cent of respondents using iPhones and 86 per cent using iPads for business.

Samsung was not far behind with 67 per cent and 51 per cent respectively for smartphones and tablets.

The vast array of devices available on the market currently is also leading to problems for organisations trying to allow BYOD.

Chris Kozup, senior director for EMEA marketing at Aruba, said: "Organisations must implement infrastructures that are capable of supporting a broad array of mobile devices, without overburdening their IT staff."

A third of employees involved in the survey indicated that their organisation has banned the use of personal devices for enterprise purposes, with security issues highlighted as the main reason behind the scepticism of BYOD.