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Study: Resistance to BYOD a myth

A recently released study from a business technology solutions and managed services provider showed that IT administrators and business executives are embracing the idea of the consumerization of IT and BYOD.

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Study: Resistance to BYOD a myth

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A recently released study from a business technology solutions and managed services provider showed that IT administrators and business executives are embracing the idea of the consumerization of IT and BYOD.

The study, entitled "Dispelling Six Myths of Consumerization of IT," involved a survey of more than 600 senior business and IT leaders in 17 countries. It stated that contrary to certain reports showing IT department resistance to BYOD, there is widespread acceptance of the practice, and businesses are increasingly seeking ways to implement BYOD programs.

The study also showed an increase in the number of employees using their own devices. According to the report, 88 percent of executives stated that employees are using their own personal computing technologies for business purposes.

The survey also indicated that business leaders are primarily interested in BYOD to boost productivity, rather than as a tool to attract workers.

"For business leaders, the consumerization of IT has less to do with the worker and more to do with the way employees work,” said Tyson Hartman, a global IT executive. “Our research shows that productivity and anywhere access are rated significantly higher by executives over improved employee morale or providing greater responsibilities to younger employees.”

 

The survey also found that while Apple's iPhones and iPads have been made to be synonymous with consumerization of IT, Apple products are far from being the sole leaders in the market. According to business and IT leaders, the most popular consumer-used devices in the workplace are Android smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones and Apple laptops.

“Progressive CIOs and IT organizations have moved from gatekeepers of consumer technology to enablers of these innovative devices, applications and services to meet employee needs and demands,” Hartman said. “The consumerization of IT provides companies with an opportunity to transform the role of IT from a function focused on mitigating risk into a strategic enabler that leverages the breadth of today's powerful consumer technologies to drive business results.”

Other key findings of the study included that 65 percent of C-level executives reported consumerization of IT is a top priority in their organization, that companies are allocating 25 percent of their overall budgets to manage consumerization of IT and 60 percent of companies are adapting their IT infrastructure to accommodate employees' personal technology.

Another recent survey, conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance, showed that out of 1,158 American smartphone users surveyed, 67 percent cited protecting their passwords as their most pressing security concern, showing that users are thinking about security but may not be aware of the need for comprehensive mobile device management.

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