Tablets could change attitudes to BYOD in 2013

Tablets could change attitudes to BYOD in 2013

Despite the rapid rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, some workers are still sceptical of what it could mean if their firm introduced the practice.

Unisys Asia-Pacific IT outsourcing vice-president and general manager, Lee Ward, told ARN that many IT managers are still ambivalent to introducing personal mobile devices.

"They accept that mobile devices at work are inevitable, but regardless of whether a smartphone or tablet is personally owned or provided by the employer, it's the mobile apps beyond email and calendar that enable real changes to business processes and better productivity," Mr Ward said.

His observations were based on the Unisys Consumerisation of IT 2012 study, which indicated that 66 per cent of employers in Australia believe staff bring their own devices to work because they use them at home and simply want to use them at work.

Another key result of the study was that 56 per cent of employees are now using tablets for work and do so because the apps help them get their work done more efficiently.

Heading into 2013, Mr Ward believes the prominence of the tablet in the workers' kitbag will increase and bring with it an expansion of the operating systems being used within organisations.

With the iPad mini, Samsung's latest tablets and new devices running Windows 8 from Microsoft, the landscape is changing.

"As a result people will each own, use and juggle a growing number of devices, some personally owned, others provided by their employer," he said.

With the devices providing more of a balance between work and play they are set to be more popular than smartphones have been for enterprise purposes. This means the devices will become more prominent in the workplace.

If your business is set to allow BYOD for the first time it is important to take a number of measures to ensure the safety of the sensitive information and documents employees may be accessing.

Mobile device management is vital as it allows you to control what is going on with the devices being used to access the data your business owns.