According to analyst firm, IDC, 55 per cent of businesses have no formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy for smartphones, and 41 per cent lacked any policies for laptops.
Most businesses seem to be in a discovery phase, although there are some who ignore the trend. As a result, corporate data is more exposed to a series of security threats.
In the statement referring to its End Users BYOD Survey, IDC said, “approximately two-thirds of businesses have moved away from corporate-liable policies, which is the practice of issuing devices to employees through a formal and typically central procurement process.”
“It reveals the majority of businesses are now implementing BYOD for media tablets and smartphones.”
IDC also said IT can report savings by handing purchasing and management costs of devices to employees, although few businesses factor in the IT resources drawn into support BYOD fleets. Employees are expensing communications costs elsewhere, and businesses are incurring large, unmeasurable hidden costs as a result. This creates difficulty in calculating return on investment (ROI).
In the survey, IDC asked employees to identify the current device brands they use and those they prefer for work if given the choice.
As expected, Apple led in the brand preference for smartphones and tablets, and Dell and Toshiba took out the desktop category.
“The one surprise is if employees were given the choice of a personal device for work, BlackBerry is a top pick across all form factors including tablets and desktops,” IDC Australia telecommunications research associate director, Dustin Kehoe, said.
This IDC survey included Australian participants from businesses all sizes and industries. This included employee views by roles, including managers, specialists, content producers, and mobile employees. The results were cross-referenced with six other countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Singapore, and Thailand), and also included face-to-face discussions with IT leaders, IDC said. In total, 1800 respondents were involved across Asia-Pacific.