Bring your own devices to work is the future of desktop computing


Bring your own devices to work is the future of desktop computing

Cliff Saran

A global study of 700 CIOs, commissioned by Citrix, has revealed that 94% of organisations are planning to allow staff to bring their own devices to work by 2013.

In the UK, organisations are more likely than other countries surveyed to trial bring your own device (BYOD) schemes, with 33% intending to do this within the next 12 months.

The research found that attracting and retaining the highest quality talent, increased worker productivity and mobility, and greater employee satisfaction, as well as reducing IT costs, are the primary drivers of BYOD adoption.

According to Citrix, IT departments that are still developing their BYOD policy need to catch up. It reported that there is currently comparatively low IT support for staff's own laptops (40%), smartphones (26%) and tablets (15%) in business.

"There are still some steps to be taken to close the gap and ensure BYO is supported from an IT and financial perspective," said James Stevenson, area vice-president UK, Ireland and South Africa, at Citrix. "The trend for employees wanting to use their own devices, especially tablets, is only going to grow over the next two years, so businesses that acknowledge now that this group is influencing future IT policy will be best positioned to reap the benefits."

Of the 13% of businesses that do not expect their IT department to support employee-owned computing devices, 85% cited security fears and 46% were fearful of support costs, higher than the global average.

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