While “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and similar consumer-driven IT initiatives are becoming more widely accepted, there is no real consensus yet on the best method for supporting BYOD.
This is according to a survey of 600 enterprise IT professionals conducted by Matrix42 (www.matrix42.com), a leading supplier of Workplace Management solutions.
The survey found that nearly two-thirds of respondents said there is some level of acceptance of BYOD by their IT department, and almost 80 percent of organizations have identified mobile device management solutions as a key component of their IT offerings in the next two years.
However, more than 30 percent of respondents said their organization does not currently employ solutions to manage BYOD, and there is no clear solution leading the way for those that have deployed something.
Key takeaways include:
BYOD becomes the norm
64 percent said their IT organization either supports or tolerates BYOD with 24 percent officially supporting it
An additional seven percent said BYOD is not currently supported, but it is planned
Only 29 percent said BYOD is prohibited
Mobile device management (MDM) solutions are needed…
A clear majority of respondents (78 percent) said mobile device management will be extremely or very important in the next two years
Only two percent said MDM would be unimportant
…but are not yet widely implemented
31 percent said their organizations do not use technology that enables BYOD
Only 15 percent said they used MDM to enable BYOD
16 percent said they used desktop virtualization solutions
Remaining respondents said their organizations used web apps, self-service portals, client management or IT service management to enable BYOD
IT departments lead the BYOD charge
31 percent of respondents said IT was driving BYOD initiatives in their organization
23 percent said it was the executive board or managing director
21 percent said no one in their organization
Security at the top of list of BYOD challenges
78 percent of respondents said the security of company data was either extremely or very challenging
IT losing control – 56 percent said extremely or very challengingBut device complexity is not seen as extremely or very challenging by 62 percent of respondents
“The influx of user-owned mobile devices in the workplace presents numerous challenges to IT, organizational security and the overall business,” said Matrix42 CEO Herbert Uhl.
“This complexity will only increase as the number of mobile operating systems and devices continues to rise. As the only vendor to provide management for all forms of end-user computing devices, Matrix42 has a strong track record of helping IT departments develop a mobile strategy to successfully manage the entire mobile device lifecycle, from deployment and security to management and support.”
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