BYOD Bans Often Aren't Permanent

A common workplace reaction to the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon is an outright ban. But take heart: it might not be forever.

A global survey of 1900 IT managers by Citrix found that while 84 per cent of those surveyed had implemented policies restricting the devices that could be used in the workplace, 51 per cent had since repealed those rules, at least in part. 36 per cent already have BYOD systems in place, and 71 per cent expect to by the end of 2014. That isn't necessarily a great outcome for workers, but the trend definitely seems to be moving one way.

Check out the infographic below for more details from the survey. What's the ratio of desks to workers in your office?


    What is the device we are talking about here? Mobile phones? Laptops? Desktops? Tablets? I see lots of benefits with working from home but that's different to Bring Your Own Device.

    One of the problems we have here at the office with employees wanting to bring their own laptop to use in the office is that they expect to have the same Internet access as they do at home. We cannot allow that because most of them will be trying to download via Torrent or something. As soon as the workforce understands that they have to play by our rules then BYOD can work but the normal employee doesn't understand that

    I dont understand why people *want* BYOD policies. Surely, if a device is required for you to perform your work, the company should provide it (unless you are a contractor). It seems like a perfect way for companies to get you to pay for your own equipment (and support), saving them money and 'making you happy because you get the device you really want'....
    Why are so many pushing for BYOD policies?

      Why? Money, means more will be sold. More support will be purchased, Money being saved by businesses but in my opinion, it's not going to be 100%.

      BYOD is being implemented to stop people having to carry around 2 mobiles i.e. one for work and their personal mobile.

      Additionally this saves organisations the capital cost related to providing a resource with a mobile phone

    I understand from a business POV, but I dont understand the drive from a personal POV. It actually makes sense for a company to give you a phone and say 'personal calls are allowed', since you will then carry it everywhere... (obviously, there needs to be some limit so people dont go overboard, but....)

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