Cisco reveals that BYOD is on the rise
Survey shows that 95% of respondents can bring their own devices to work
Cisco has revealed that IT is accepting and in some cases embracing the 'bring your own device' trend (BYOD).
The company recently announced findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study of IT and business leaders, which show that BYOD is here to stay, and managers are now acknowledging the need for a BYOD approach that is scalable and addresses mobility, security, virtualisation and network policy management.
The study found most organisations are now enabling BYOD in the enterprise, with 95% of respondents saying their organisations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. This study also concluded that the average number of connected devices per knowledge worker is expected to reach 3.3 by 2014, up from an average of 2.8 in 2012.
"As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organisations need a comprehensive mobility strategy. By leveraging the intelligent network, organisations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, work your way. These research findings support Cisco's assertion that mobility needs to extend well beyond BYOD to include the integration of service provider mobility, enterprise mobility, security, collaboration and desktop virtualisation solutions," said Ahmed Etman, Borderless Networks sales lead, Cisco Emerging Markets.
The survey also found that over 76% of IT leaders surveyed categorised BYOD as somewhat or extremely positive for their companies, while seeing significant challenges for IT.
Eighty-four percent of respondents not only allow employee-owned devices, but also provide some level of support and 36% of surveyed enterprises provide full support for employee-owned devices.
Respondents cited security, privacy and IT support for multiple mobile platforms as the top challenges of BYOD.