Biz Brief on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)11 Jun, 2013 By: Sand Sinclair, Editor
New research is showing that the "BYOD" smart devices and wireless access in the public sector organizations is much less likely to have a formal BYOD policy in place than other markets. More than one quarter of organizations said these were in place - 27% in government, and 28% in healthcare. It also found that office workers in the government sector were least likely to have wireless access to their network - 59% said that they weren't able to use wireless to access their network. Additionally, 78% also believed their organization needed to take further steps to fulfill the potential productivity gains that smart devices present. Furthermore, 73% of IT decision makers in the public sector reported that the use of smart devices has led to an increase in bandwidth demand.
What else? More than half (56%) of IT managers across all sectors have noticed a resulting performance decline in some applications, which they've said impacts negatively on the productivity gains promised by smart devices. Ubiquitous Wi-Fi access over a better network is key to the development of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) said IT professionals - though the challenge in the public sector is that 59% said that they weren't able to use wireless to access their network.
According to a Cisco executive, companies looking to deploy a BYOD program should look at a comprehensive BYOD plan and think beyond just the device and operating system, but about the services delivered to that device, the user experience, and productivity gains. An exec at Ovum added that the growth in employee smartphone and tablet ownership is changing the ways we work, as most of us acknowledge. Implementing a BYOD policy is about enabling employees to work more flexibly, and be more productive. He believes that Wi-Fi access limitations or failure to invest in sufficient Wi-Fi coverage is a fast way to ensure a poor employee experience. However, this is not a mandate for open networks. Businesses still need to ensure that network security policies are maintained, and ideally they should take an integrated approach to network access control, device management and application management.
Regardless, the BYOD movement is happening; it’s a matter of availability and what market you’re in. Without question, the growing demand for tablets and smartphones will continue as PCs continue to decline in favor of the ease and accessibility of these devices.