The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is greatly influencing the entire information technology industry, thanks to the growing popularity of powerful gadgets like smartphones and tablets. These products allow staff members to access work-related documents with ease. Firms that support their workforce with cloud computing can benefit even more, as personnel are no longer bound by an office setting, remaining productive anywhere, regardless of location.
Although some companies still provide corporate-owned devices to workers, the enterprise world is expected to shift to a more BYOD-based deployment landscape. A recent Gartner survey said that 38 percent of organizations will no longer provide gadgets to staff members by 2016. By 2017, half of businesses will require personnel to bring their own devices to work.
David Willis, Gartner vice president and analyst, explained that BYOD strategies are one of the most significant changes to the client computing landscape in decades, resulting in a number of benefits.
“The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs,” Willis said.
BYOD success requires corporate evaluations
Businesses supporting BYOD often do not look at the big picture of how such initiatives can benefit their entire operations. Willis added that only 22 percent of respondents believe they have made a successful case for implementing BYOD.
“If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business,” Willis said.
The IT industry has found itself in an enviable position in terms of overall growth. A report by CompTIA said that the global tech sector is poised to expand at least 3 percent in 2013, with a ceiling of 5.2 percent, thanks to mobility, cloud computing and big data in particular. The U.S. market is projected to experience similar growth this year.
Tim Herbert, CompTIA research vice president, said there were concerns that the fiscal cliff would weaken IT’s overall growth this year, but tech has never been more important. CompTIA asserted that mobility will be “a way of life” for both employees and consumers in the future.
Mobile solutions, much like cloud computing and big data, are changing the entire IT industry in more ways than one. As long as tech experiences shifts thanks to such innovative trends in the future, growth is inevitable.