As the “consumerization” of IT has propelled the buzz around workplace mobility enablement to reach a fever pitch, the “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach has become an oft-utilized solution. Faced with two emerging trends – an upward shift in employee demand expectations for what workplace technologies should accomplish, and a shift in market position between RIM’s Blackberry, Apple/iOS, and Android – IT functions have begun to question whether the provisioning of endpoint devices is wise.
Indeed, survey data indicates that even among self-described “technology skeptics,” a majority of employees are already using personally-owned tablets, smartphones, or computers for work purposes. These developments have led many IT executives to conclude that a BYOD approach is central to employee engagement, satisfaction, and productivity. Our 2011 Emerging Technology Roadmap reflects this trend, with over half of IT organizations planning to institute a “bring your own” program for mobile devices by mid-2012.
This trend is not unique to the private sector. In fact, Government Executive’s recent article outlining “5 Trends in Mobility” includes the BYOD wave front and center, a phenomenon seemingly buoyed by U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s vocal embrace of the power of mobility: “Going mobile doesn’t just increase productivity, but it’s a huge cost saver too.” Leading government analysts agree, calling BYOD the “dominant trend in many civilian agencies” and 2012 “the year that tablets become firmly embedded in the government space.”