Samsung says BYOD will be the norm by 2014

Samsung says BYOD will be the norm by 2014

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has been becoming more popular in recent years, and Samsung believes this trend is set to continue and may even become the norm within organisation by 2014.

A study conducted by the tech giant in collaboration with IDG indicated that 85 per cent of companies are now actively encouraging the BYOD movement. The research found professionals expected the mobile device to become the primary computing equipment for enterprise purposes in five years.

Over two-thirds of IT executives that took part in the survey noted that businesses failing to embrace the new way of working are at a "competitive disadvantage", indicating just how important personal devices have become to enterprises and their employees.

Tim Baxter, president of Samsung in the US, was present at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to discuss the survey and the expected growth of BYOD in the coming 12 months.

"Bring your own device is at a tipping point as mobile devices are becoming a central hub for our lives," he explained. Samsung expects BYOD to be a major focus in the coming years, driven by the increased proliferation of smartphones and tablets.

Both 84 per cent of IT executives and 74 per cent of workers said the security of personal devices and policies to govern how they are used will form a major part of their company's future plans and strategies.

Over half of business networks in the UK have been compromised by the BYOD phenomenon, according to research from Virgin Media Business.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer at Virgin Media Business, explained that 2012 was a bit of a "bumpy road" for some organisations introducing personal devices.

"CIOs shouldn't see this as a burden and in 2013 they can take the lessons learned and turn these personal devices into business enablers to really help drive the bottom line," he added.

Just a fifth of large firms were found to have a BYOD policy and businesses will continue to experience security breaches until they adopt improved measures, such as mobile device management.