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Mobile Computing: More Than Half of Employees Practice BYOD

By Dick Weisinger

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the practice of employees using their own personal electronic devices to access business servers and data, is a relatively new.  But Ovum research find that surprisingly, already 70 percent of employees use their own smartphone or tablet to access corporate data.

The Ovum report found that 56 percent of workers are accessing corporate data with their personal devices.  15.4 percent are doing it without their IT department knowing about it.  20.9 percent that they do it in spite of company policies against it.

Richard Absalom, analyst at Ovum, said that “trying to stand in the path of consumerized mobility is likely to be a damaging and futile exercise.  We believe businesses are better served by exploiting this behavior to increase employee engagement and productivity, and promote the benefits of enterprise mobility.”
The report finds that small businesses are the most likely to allow their employees use personal devices when accessing the business network.  Absalom told the on-line magazine TechRadar that “whatever sized business you are, you don’t want data to go missing, but data loss for small businesses could spell the end in terms of legal and reputational costs if core IP goes missing.  It’s in businesses’ best interests to explore freemium offerings out there, such as mobile device management launches that offer a basic free product and then try to get you to buy into it.”
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