BYOD (bring your own device) is the increasing trend toward employee-owned devices within a business. Shadow IT, which we won’t go into detail in today’s entry, is the term that people use to describe IT resources that are employee, rather than company provided.
In Japan, 98% of individuals own cell phones (*1), and nearly 40% of them use smart phones (*2). Recognizing that, many businesses are trying to enable employees to use the devices they are already comfortable with.
According to Cisco, 89% of companies world wide support BYOD to some extent, and 69% of them view it in a positive manner.
Looking at the data across the world, European IT managers are less certain about BYOD, frequently prohibiting utilizing a mobile device for personal use, or even providing access to the company owned network.
China and North America are much more accepting about BYOD, with up to 80 percent in both countries providing some degree of IT support for BYOD.
BYOD has three primary advantages:
- Improved productivity, through utilizing a tool the employee is already familiar with.
- Increased employee satisfaction, through not being forced to use a “company standard”.
- Waste reduction, where redundant devices and unnecessary costs are not purchased.
We will look into the data in Japan and the risks/challenges of BYOD in our next post.