The enterprise mobility landscape is growing at warp speed. Adoption of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies is increasing among businesses with the technology to support the consumerization of IT trend, according to studies commissioned by Trend Micro. In two surveys of businesses in the U.S. and Europe, it was discovered that 78 percent of IT decision-makers are supporting a BYOD solution at their company.
The Key Strategies to Capture and Measure the Value of Consumerization of IT survey, conducted by Forrester Consulting for Trend Micro, gathered responses from around 200 IT professionals on their BYOD practices and the use of mobile devices for in-office and remote working. According to the study, 60 percent of respondents are already permitting smartphone use, and 47 have adopted solutions to integrate tablets into the workplace. About 70 percent of IT decision-makers said that increased productivity was the main driver of BYOD adoption.
The Mobile Consumerization Trends & Perceptions survey, conducted by Decisive Analytics, asked more than 400 IT professionals about their security and policy practices related to BYOD implementation. According to the report, 83 percent of respondents put security policies in place in order to make mobile device use safer and more reliable, and 86 percent said that data security is their No. 1 priority concerning BYOD planning.
"Companies that are questioning whether or not to allow workers to bring personal devices into the workplace should just stop asking: it's clear that you can get a competitive edge when you put the right precautions in place," said Cesare Garlati, vice president of mobile security for Trend Micro.
BYOD provides key advantages in the workplace, but the same strategies assist employees with remote working as well. By promoting the use of personally owned technology, a business can also encourage employees to utilize desktop virtualization solutions to be more productive outside of the office, regardless of the device they are using.
Mobile RDP clients, such as Ericom AccessToGo and Ericom AccessNow (an HTML5 browser-based RDP client), allow professionals to access their work computer regardless of location, rather than being tied to the computer in their home office. This allows work to be done on the fly, should the need arise. If a work crisis occurs, an employee can react immediately, even if they are at a coffee shop or commuting.
"The BYOD phenomenon gives companies that allow it a competitive advantage as it enhances innovation and creativity in the workplace while reducing overall costs for the entire organization," Garlati said.
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