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What Can You Learn from BYOD Stats?

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Img_blog_BYODThe numbers don’t lie. And for the buzz-heavy topic of BYOD, sometimes the noise of opinions needs to finds its roots in statistics. Let the voices drown out, and listen to truthful statements of the stats.

First of all, you may be skeptical of all this buzz flying around BYOD. Will it really become a feature of the modern business, as many are saying?

  • 78% of companies note that twice as many BYODs connect than 2 years ago.
  • Gartner predicts that 38% of companies will expect to stop providing devices by 2016.

So, according to the numbers, the hype has its origins in some hard facts. However, sometimes the stats don’t create a clear picture. Often, there are two different stories providing seemingly conflicting views. For example,

  • 67% of organizations say they have seen cost savings since embracing BYOD. Plus, on average, employees gain 9 hours of efficiency per week due to BYOD programs.
  • But, others say the typical BYOD program can cost 1/3 more money to the company than a well-managed wireless deployment of company owned devices.

The first set of statistics tell the story of efficiency, huge gains, and drinking from the fountain of cost-savings. But every “fountain-of-youth” legend has its warnings as well. Nobody can afford a 1/3 increase in cost.

So, how do you make sure you capitalize on BYOD advantages, rather than suffer from their liabilities? Just as the warning says, the typical company and BYOD program will be more costly. Those who can think through a comprehensive and effective BYOD policy will taste the rewards.

Given these facts, you would expect everyone to be thinking about implementing or enhancing a BYOD policy. Not to mention the fact that…

  • 70% of companies believe that mobile access is “somewhat important” or “essential.”
  • But, only 30% of companies have approved BYOD policies. And 21% don’t have any official mobile policy.

So, are you just limiting your employees use without a BYOD policy? Actually, without having a BYOD policy, or mobile policy at least in place, you may be setting your company up for security risks. Seems that many employees have a laissez-faire approach to mobile use.

  • Only 15% of companies sanction use of consumer-grade cloud services…
  • Yet, 58% of employees use them anyway.

Zoinks! But there’s a solution to the fear inspired. Having a policy in place will first enforce all the sanctions regarding current use, even if you don’t anticipate offering a BYOD program. Secondly, if you do want to introduce a BYOD program, a policy will define correct personal device usage with security measures safeguards. Maybe that means setting stricter permissions, only authorizing certain devices for personal mobile use, or device enrollment compliance programs.

  • 90% of IT professionals express strong concern about sharing content via mobile devices.

There’s no counterpoint to this fact, except that BYOD programs are here to stay despite the concerns. Instead, of avoiding the future, grapple with it. This way, you’ll have the policy and practices in place for when BYOD is the norm, and a cost-savings competitive edge now.

Now that you’ve listened to the facts, how do you write an effective BYOD policy? We’ve got a great article for you!

Tell me about your BYOD program. Does your company have a BYOD policy? What’s in it and what’s missing? Share your advice.