A major trend affecting enterprises of all sizes, and the smartphone industry, is the rise of BYOD (bring your own device) policies for mobile usage. With BYOD, personally owned handsets, tablets and notebooks are used for business functions. The enterprise may, or may not, fund the usage fees, but must find ways to allow a diverse range of products to access corporate networks and systems, such that productivity is boosted without compromising security.
This study is based on an extensive survey of enterprise organisations around the world, with 65% of these corporations confirming that they will have adopted some level of BYOD by the end of 2012, and only 11% not having any plan for BYOD in the near future. The top two reasons specified for pushing forward with BYOD are cost reduction and staff motivation, yet there are many fears in the IT departments. According to our survey, key concerns include security, fragmented software, and ironically, a rise in support costs.
Topics of coverage include:
- Enterprise attitudes towards BYOD
- Factors driving BYOD
- Critical analysis of envisioned cost savings
- BYOD case studies
- Mobile device management
- Benefits and limitations of virtualisation
- Enabling technologies
- Impacts on size of device market
- Platform winners and losers
- Market size and forecasts
Companies and organisations mentioned, discussed or reviewed include:
Answers and opinions are provided with respect to the following
- How many BYOD handsets will ship by 2016?
- What are the various options enterprises have for implementing BYOD?
- How much device revenue will be lost to BYOD over the coming 5 years?
- Which regions currently show the greater level of formal BYOD adoption?
- What proportion of enterprises already support BYOD policies?
- What do enterprises say are the top 5 reasons for BYOD adoption?
- What proportion of mobile employees are using multiple devices for work?
- How will RIM be impacted by the growth of BYOD?
- Which smartphone platforms are best-positioned to take advantage of BYOD?
- Why are some of the envisioned cost savings unlikely to be realised in real-world BYOD deployments?
- How large is the mobile virtualisation market forecast to be?