Gartner predicts that over fifty percent of companies will adopt BYOD by 2017. A glance at the BYOD trends for 2014 reveals that BYOD will be gaining traction in spite of all odds. If the predictions come true, most of the companies will stop providing their employees with computing devices. BYOD according to IT experts improves employee satisfaction and at the same time increases productivity. With more and more companies preferring mobile computing, the expenses on mobile devices procured by the companies have shot up. Since BYOD proves to be beneficial for both the management and the employees, it is likely to take the center stage in the forthcoming years.
According to a Gartner report, BYOD adoption rate in the US has doubled recently. In some of the world’s IT hubs, such as India, China, and Brazil BYOD adoption rate is much higher than that of the US. Several companies that implemented BYOD have reported higher productivity and so far the results have been commendable. The year 2013 revolutionized the concept of BYOD with new developments, such as Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and “company-owned, personally enabled devices” (COPE). The transformation has also attracted corporate companies that earlier shied away from BYOD implementation. The report also predicts that forty percent of the companies will be offering a choice between BYOD and CYOD.
However, experts in the IT filed argue that mobility projects are still at the exploratory stages. Although there are quite a number of mobile apps that have proven return on investments, many companies are unable to define clear and quantifiable goals. They also argue that even if the employee uses his/her personal mobile device, companies still have to incur expenses in the form of compensation. The lack of standard practices for reimbursement in BYOD programs is yet another reason cited by the experts to brush off the report. Implementing BYOD essentially means more devices which in turn escalate the costs involved in security and management tools.
According to our judgment, we have more reasons to trust Gartner predictions. At innomobileapps, we have been providing enterprise mobile app development services to a number of elite clients. Being an insider for years, we have come across various BYOD situations and developed solutions. Most companies adopting BYOD have always reported positive results until now. We strongly believe that the teething problems will be solved well ahead of 2017.
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