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‘Bring Your Own’ gains big support

It’s been a while since we looked at how ‘Bring Your Own’ was impacting employee productivity in the workplace. But after the recent JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference, we couldn’t help but take a quick peek, to see what has been happening.

In years gone by, when Windows first hit our workplaces, people wanted to use at home what they used at work, but it seems that the world of workplace technology has done a complete 180. Now, people often want to use at work, what they use at home.

Companies like Microsoft recognise this, and as a result are firm believers in the BYO trend, although their approach might be slightly different from other enterprises. They tend to come at it from the consumer angle, by making usBring Your Own Devices become addicted to, usually free key services, such as Skype or OneNote, in the hopes that we then insist on using them at the, paid for, enterprise level.

By employing the masses to promote their services, Microsoft hope to gain further leverage into the cloud enterprise industry.

Here are the latest ‘BYO’ statistics from across the globe:

-According to Gartner, by 2018 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices

– 49% of IT managers surveyed “Strongly Agree that BYOD Improves Worker Productivity” say readwrite and Intel

– ABI Research states that by 2015 the number of mobile devices will grow to over 2 billion worldwide, a 300% increase from 2009

– 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, says Gartner

– Two out of three companies will adopt a BYOD solution by 2017

– Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) is on the increase, giving employees the flexibility to store and access data, such as; documents, images, videos and other files via a wide variety of cloud options, at the expense of corporate control