BYOD: Not the life of every party
Throw a stone these days and you'll hit someone extolling the virtues of BYOD in the enterprise, but a lot of IT leaders simply aren't falling for it. Most IT professionals, according to a recent survey, said that IT retains full control over buying, managing and the security of mobile devices at their organizations, reports Don Reisinger at CIO Insight.
Just 10 percent of the participants queried by CCMI and Xigo, a mobile expense management provider, said that employees at their companies can bring any device they want to work and pay the expenses themselves. Many companies offer a hybrid BYOD option, in which they retain some control over devices and expenses while giving employees latitude in selecting brands.
Two of the biggest reasons for allowing BYOD are boosting employee morale and productivity. Just 15 percent of the survey respondents said they believe BYOD could help lower mobile expenses. For two-thirds of the companies, expenses didn't change after a BYOD strategy was adopted and 24 percent said overall expenses grew.
Fewer companies are willing to subsidize tablets, but more than a third of those responding to the survey said they believe tablets might one day replace laptops.
- see Don Reisinger's article at CIO Insight