The rising use of personal technologies for work-related activities has coined the phrase Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). It is a trend that has potential to bring substantial benefits to enterprises, but can equally present considerable risks and implementation challenges.
This report comprises an effort to formulate an evidence-based commentary on the state of BYOD in the United Kingdom. It attempts to cut through confusion and offer pragmatic advice incorporating a broad range of management perspectives - from IT to risk management, tax and talent.
This report, commissioned by IBM Software, comprises the findings of in-depth interviews and desk research conducted by Deloitte LLP.
Key findings include:
- Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is not a single idea or way of working. Rather it represents a broad spectrum of devices, capabilities and responses.
- Early schemes have tended to focus on smartphones and tablets, and offer BYOD on a complementary basis, with employee devices used alongside company technologies. Increasingly, organisations are considering BYOD for computers and schemes that aim to replace company technologies with employee-owned devices.
- While responsibility for BYOD might sit with the CIO, a multidisciplinary team is required to develop coordinated policy, including colleagues from HR, legal and individual business units.
- BYOD is likely to become increasingly common but unlikely to spell the end of the enterprise-provisioned device. Organisations operating BYOD programmes alongside company device schemes will seek to offer the best of both worlds to enterprise and employees.
- Some organisations may need to assess the underlying drivers of BYOD, perhaps considering broadening company device ranges and shortening refresh windows. Other benefits may be realised through Bring-Your-Own-Application, a trend set to take centre stage which may amplify the benefits and challenges of BYOD.
Understanding the bring-your-own-device landscape (PDF)