Most Companies Will Require You To ‘Bring Your Own Device’ By 2017

Over the recent months, a number of companies have joined the buy-your-own-device (BYOD) bandwagon rather than provide their employees with a definite mobile device. According to a Gartner study, this trend will grow significantly over the coming years and by 2017, nearly 50% of all companies will adopt the BYOD policy.


Currently, the highest rate of BYOD adoption is among U.S. companies while European companies tend to shy away from the concept. The very reason may be that European nations are generally more concerned about privacy and security as compared to the more open culture of U.S.-based firms.

BYOD is a convenient policy, because it lets the firms get rid of the expenses incurred when buying handsets for employees. Rather, employees are simply told to bring their own device and are then partially reimbursed. The study reveals that in the coming days, even this partial reimbursement will not be offered.

Eventually, employees will be asked to buy their own handsets and pay for them. The companies would simply provide the carrier charges on monthly basis. This model makes a lot of sense from the corporate point of view. Imagine you reimburse your employ for a rather expensive handset he has purchased under BYOD – if he leaves the company the next month, that would mean that you wasted that money.

According to a Garner analyst, “The enterprise should subsidize only the service plan on a smartphone. What happens if you buy a device for an employee and they leave the job a month later? How are you going to settle up? Better to keep it simple. The employee owns the device, and the company helps to cover usage costs.”

We may also witness many new security measures implemented by companies to ensure the security of devices purchased under BYOD policy.

Source: Gartner

Courtesy: Computer World

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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