Dell: Embrace BYOD or be left behindFebruary 5 - 8am
Dell believes IT companies must embrace BYOD or be left behind, with approximately 70% of organisations believing the concept improves their work processes and helps them work better in the future.
The multinational company released the results of a global survey of IT executives, with over half (59%) believing they would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.
“We’re seeing dramatic changes in the way users interact with technology on their personal devices and the critical role BYOD plays in transforming business and IT culture,” says Roger Bjork, director, Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Dell.
“This global survey confirms what we have long suspected—companies that embrace a user-focused approach to BYOD may reap the biggest rewards, face the fewest obstacles and deliver real and immediate value in terms of greater efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage.
“Those slow to support BYOD or constrained by a device-centric approach may deal with greater challenges, including the risk of being left behind from a competitive standpoint.”
After interviewing 1,500 IT decision makers across the world, Dell says organisations are optimistic about the potential corporate gains of BYOD.
According to the results, companies with mature BYOD programs are most likely to achieve the most benefits with Beijing the most optimistic in reporting potential gains.
The U.S., Beijing region and Australia represent the top three countries that encourage BYOD by actively managing and supporting any device that users want to bring into the corporate environment; France, Germany and the U.K. are the bottom three in providing this level of support.
Dell says the two technology areas most commonly implemented first for BYOD are desktop virtualisation and mobile device management (MDM), with Australia again at the forefront of this trend.
“In my previous role as CIO of Quest Software, our IT empowered nearly 4,000 employees across 60 offices in 23 countries to use their preferred mobile devices whether they were phones, tablets, or non-standard laptops to do their jobs,” says Carol Fawcett, chief information officer, Dell.
“Instead of worrying about their devices, we focused on enabling access to the apps and data needed by the appropriate individuals regardless of device.
“We found this approach allowed us to be much more strategic and enabled us to focus on our biggest BYOD problems; security, access rights and data leakage.
“The results of this latest BYOD survey reinforce the importance of putting users first in order to develop the most effective policies and turn BYOD into a long-term, sustainable business benefit.”
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