Most tech experts agree that the rise of BYOD (bring your own device) is inevitable as more users demand to work on the devices they like and know how to use. But one research group says the trend will reverse next year.
Several studies have shown that an increasing number of people are completing workplace tasks on personal smartphones, tablets and other devices, whether their employer has a formal BYOD program in place or not. And observers say those numbers will only rise as workplace demographics change and more tech-savvy folks enter the corporate world.
One recent survey found that more than half (55%) of professionals in their twenties believe that BYOD is a “right,” rather than a privilege. Most (74%) of the 3,800 Generation Y members surveyed said they’re using a personal device at work, and 36% said they would try to get around an IT policy that forbade them from using their device.
So, the thinking goes, there’s no stopping the flood of personal devices onto corporate networks, and IT departments should get on board with BYOD and try to manage it the best they can.
BYOD too expensive, says report
But not all tech experts have the same prediction. The BYOD trend will actually decline in 2013, according to a new report from Nucleus Research. The group predicts companies will get more strict about the use of personal devices and find more ways to accommodate user choice with company-issued phones and tablets.
The reason: costs. Though companies can save on hardware and cellular plans when users work on devices they’ve bought themselves, studies have found that BYOD is more costly than issuing corporate devices, because of the time and effort required to manage personal devices.
Next year, according to Nucleus, CFOs will begin looking more closely at the pros and cons and BYOD, and many will decide to return to more fiscally responsible corporate-issued devices.
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