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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

3 Oct 2012, by Informa Insights

BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, refers to the recent phenomenon of employees using mobile connectivity devices – laptops, notebook, smartphones, tablets – for both personal and work-related activities. More and more, employees are using their individually purchased and owner devices to do everything from checking work emails to accessing confidential company information via specialised apps.

The key hurdles that CIOs are finding themselves facing now are firstly acknowledging that BYOD activities exist within their organisation, even if they are not formalised, and most importantly, developing, implementing and managing a holistic BYOD Policy that covers IT, security, legal, HR, financial and operational concerns.

Did you know that:

  • 60% of all corporate employees share, access and manage content outside of the office – be it via their iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android or other devices, with indications given that the number is only going to increase
  • 73% of business leaders surveyed currently allow mobile devices or tablets to connect to their corporate networks
  • 50% of firms say they’re currently focusing on how to support more mobile applications for employees to accommodate the trend

This means that whilst most, if not all, organisations have employees using some form of BYOD, few companies have solid and comprehensive BYOD policies in place. Most CIOs are now recognising that they need to become proactive with their BYOD policy implementation, instead of being reactive.

The biggest reason that many CIOs have avoided BYOD so far?
Fear.

The challenges of meeting employee neds whilst maintaining security and usability plus keeping down costs is the major issue preventing IT departments from transitioning to a formalised BYOD policy – and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

This conference will address all of these concerns, and provide up to a dozen case studies of companies across different verticals that have approached BYOD in different ways.

For more information, go to official BYOD:2012 website.

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