Most companies in the world support a BYOD (bring your own device) strategy, with many believing that not doing so would compromise competitiveness.
This is one of the findings of a study commissioned by Samsung Telecommunications America to identify behaviours and attitudes of both IT executives and consumers toward the BYOD trend.
While both audiences indicate support for BYOD and the work/life balance benefits it typically enables, the study highlights key synergies as well as critical gaps between IT executives and their employees that will need to be addressed as BYOD becomes the norm within the next two years.
Among the top findings of the study executed by IDG Research Services, 85% of companies support BYOD today, and more than 70% of IT executives surveyed believe companies without a BYOD strategy will be at a competitive disadvantage.
In addition, 81% of IT decision-makers and 78% of employees believe that having a single mobile device helps balance employees’ work and personal lives.
Yet the gap between IT decision-maker and employee outlooks on device priorities and preferences underscores a “disconnect” between what IT executives need in order to achieve business goals and what employees need to do their jobs.
The largest difference in opinion exists between the two groups on access to company productivity solutions and resources (that is, CRM), with 49% of IT executives stating this functionality as a top priority, while only 28% of employees agreed. For 43% of the employees surveyed, the top priority is the ability to share large files compared with just 23% of IT executives.
The most significant concern of both consumers and IT executives is the issue of security. While 49% of consumers surveyed believe that the mobile device will become the primary computing device for work-related activities within the next five years, achieving this level of mobile productivity may depend on whether or not hardware and software providers can address security concerns.
The majority of IT executives (84%) and employees (74%) alike identified the issue of device security as the most important factor influencing future BYOD policies such as pre-approved device lists.
“The BYOD Index validates the importance of SAFE – Samsung For Enterprise,” says Tim Wagner, VP and GM of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile.
“We have consciously made the decision to provide consumers and businesses with the very best devices for both work and personal use and ensuring SAFE seamlessly addresses the ever changing compliance requirements of IT.”