BYOD forcing IT strategy rethink, many organisations not prepared: Juniper and Forrester

BYOD forcing IT strategy rethink, many organisations not prepared: Juniper and Forrester

Survey shows 51 per cent of organisations have changed processes due to BYOD, but 37 per cent indicate their organisations are not ready

Networking hardware and software provider, Juniper Networks, has released a new study that indicates that more than half of the surveyed enterprises have changed their IT strategy as a result of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption.

The independent study, titled BYOD adoption goes beyond devices and requires completely rethinking the network and security (July 2012), was commissioned by Juniper and undertaken by Forrester Consulting. Its results are based on responses from over 200 IT decision makers at organisations from a range of sectors.

Fifty-one (51) per cent of respondents indicated that support for BYOD has distracted or changed their IT strategies, while only 37 per cent believed that their organisations were well prepared for its adoption.

At the same time, 57 per cent of the organisations with 1000 or more employees have already implemented BYOD programs, with over half already supporting at least the top three mobile operating systems.

Additionally, 29 per cent cited a preference for considering, designing and deploying a mobile security solution to be aligned with their existing network security.

“BYOD adoption is approaching an inflection point with organisations in Australia and New Zealand,” Juniper Australia and New Zealand managing director, Mark Iles, said. “IT departments are realising that they need to simplify their networks and ditch ‘tack-on’ end-point security solutions that are often device-specific in favour of a more holistic solution.”

Despite this statement, the study also showed that 47 per cent of the large enterprises surveyed are not expanding their BYOD program. The research highlights that reasons for this include direct cost, increased complexity, substantial administrative overheads, additional security concerns, and a common perception of immature or under-utilised solutions.

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