Gartner: 50% of companies will expect BYOD by 2017

Gartner: 50% of companies will expect BYOD by 2017

Gartner: 50% of companies will expect BYOD by 2017

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Gartner: 50% of companies will expect BYOD by 2017

Analyst house Gartner has waded in to the BYOD conversation, forecasting that by 2017 half of organisations will stop giving their employees work devices.  

The report, “Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future”, examines all facets of BYOD strategy: the number of employees on personal device policies, as well as the cost per employee and the age old question of who should own what in the agreement.

Most definitions of a BYOD strategy remain similar, yet Gartner breathlessly calls it “an alternative strategy that allows employees, business partners and other users to use a personally selected and purchased client device to execute enterprise applications and access data”, which can be used multi-device, and “may or may not include a subsidy.”

Of course, the benefits of BYOD – employee productivity, employee happiness, monetary savings – have been well documented. Yet according to the Gartner report, just over one in five thinks that bring your own device provides a strong business case.

Gartner says the natural conclusion of this is that IT execs and financial officers – never people to spend money thriftlessly at the best of times – get twitchy, comparing the situation with other plans in the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information) claimed to alter the face of IT.

“Mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal, making IT planners uncomfortable,” explained David Willis, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst.

“If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organisation the benefits it will bring to them and to the business.”

Whilst Gartner predicts that by 2017 half of employers will expect their employees to supply their own devices, that number is still as high at 38% for 2016.

But for employees looking over their shoulders at their monthly outgoings, how will companies expect to split up the costs of BYOD? Gartner notes that around half of policies currently offer “partial” reimbursement – so in other words, if you’re expecting your employer to foot the bill for everything, forget it.

Willis says that companies should “keep it simple”, with employees owning the device and employers taking care of the service plan.

This would, in theory, avoid potential entanglement over who owns the data, as iPass attempted to answer in one of its mobile reports last year, as well as sidestep conflict if the employee were to leave the company shortly after arrival.

BYOD is a space still fraught with mixed views, yet beginning to show signs of a maturing market – MarketsandMarkets last month assessed that BYOD and the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market will hit $181bn by 2017.

What’s your view on employer vs employee device liability? Who should cough up where?

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