Majority of CIOs support bring-your-own-device policy

The majority of CIOs and CTOs believe bring-your-own-device (BYOD) models for users will improve IT departments.

The majority of CIOs and CTOs believe bring-your-own device policies will improve IT departments, according to exclusive research.

The Technology Industry Survey 2012of 650 IT professionals conducted by IT recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks, a subsidiary of Harvey Nash, and Computer Weekly showed 60% of CIOs and CTOs think employees owning and operating their own IT equipment would be a good thing for the IT department.

However, 66% of support engineers and 63% of helpdesk employees think it's a bad idea.

Harry Gooding, head of client engagement at Mortimer Spinks, said, “Based on these opinions, it would be fair to say that it is very likely that more businesses are going to be heading in this directions. So whilst it may be that more businesses are going to be experimenting with implementing such a policy, it doesn’t mean that the whole business is going to be happy supporting this change.”


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The survey showed a quarter of companies are trialling the use of personal IT equipment at work. While 32% of organisations are actively discouraging bring-your-own policies, 42% if companies have yet to put any policy in place.

Robert Grimsey, group marketing director at Harvey Nash, said: “The big question is what happens with that 40% and there we’ve got divided opinions. There’s a big diversification of what people think about, it’ll be interesting to see how the argument plays out in the next few years.”

Survey comments suggest IT professionals accept inevitability about supporting personal IT equipment at work.

“I do think using your own equipment at work makes sense - it will become the norm within five years,” said one IT pro.

Another commented, “Productivity is the key. Whatever tools allow an employee to be productive should be embraced, not stamped on. We are not factory workers anymore and the industrial management style exhibited by most IT departments is stifling creativity, enjoyment and productivity in companies.”

However, others raised security concerns, particularly for the public sector: “Nice for users but it introduces complexity and security challenges for IT,” said another comment.

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