UK firms dragging feet over BYOD

UK firms dragging feet over BYOD

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is big news in the world of business, with experts and organisations alike extolling the virtues of bringing worker and employer-owned devices into the workplace.

Despite the hype however, some experts believe that the usage of personal technology is actually a lot lower than many consider.

Pierre Hall, solutions director of workplace and software at IT services giant Computacenter, told ITPro that he has seen little to suggest that the UK and its businesses are in the middle of a BYOD revolution.

"There is a lot of talk about this wholesale march towards IT not giving employees technology and then allowing them to pick their own and bring that into the workplace instead, but I don't see it taking place in UK enterprises particularly strongly," Mr Hall added.

It has been suggested that the uptake of the trend is actually greater than reported as many employees have embraced it under the radar of their firm, utilising tablets and smartphones for work-related purposes without informing their IT department.

Dale Vile, research director at analyst Freeform Dynamics, told the news provider: "I can safely say the level of activity and commitment to BYOD is grossly exaggerated, but it is an extremely difficult area to research.

"No one in a leadership role wants to look like a neanderthal, so the knee-jerk responses to [questions about] BYOD are invariably positive."

There are a host of hurdles and barriers standing in the way of businesses that are looking to implement BYOD within their firm, with tax issues and confusion over who pays for what all proving problematic.

Security is also an issue, particularly as workers will be accessing sensitive data while on the move. Mobile device management is one way of preventing these concerns from clouding the judgement of a business when it comes to embracing the benefits of BYOD.

Businesses looking to gain an advantage over competitors should look to overcome these roadblocks and encourage the use of mobile technology within the workplace.