Companies Save Money, Increase Efficiency with Bring Your Own Device Programs

In 2012, enterprises should be prepared to secure new smartphones & tablets that employees receive this holiday season

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Technology (http://www.good.com), the leading provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for iPhone®, iPad™, Android™ and other leading smartphone platforms, today released new data detailing a rise in "bring your own device" (BYOD) programs globally, across a wide array of industries. Link to full report: www.good.com/resources/Good_Data_BYOD_2011.pdf

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The rise in popularity and proliferation of smartphones and tablets has driven the "Consumerization of IT" wherein employees are requesting use of their personal, mobile devices for professional functions. As a result, IT departments are developing policies to allow employees to use their own devices to access confidential enterprise data and information. Good Technology surveyed its clients to determine how they adapt policies in support of employee mobility.

Key findings:

  • Highly Regulated Industries Embrace BYOD: Large companies from the finance/insurance and healthcare industries dominate the overall BYOD picture, with retail/wholesale and government less likely to support BYOD.
  • Big Companies Get BYOD: 80 percent of those supporting BYOD have over 2,000 employees; 60 percent have over 5,000 employees; and 35 percent have over 10,000 employees.
  • Employees Are Willing to Pay for Personal Choice: 50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs, and their users are taking them up on the offer; 45 percent provide their employees with a stipend or "expense back" options to help subsidize the cost of their mobile device or service plan.
  • Offering BYOD Stipend Increases: Companies that offer BYOD stipends have the highest rate of employees using mobile devices when compared to companies that require employees cover all BYOD costs themselves, or allow for expense-back of service plan costs, but limit to users with management pre-approval.
  • BYOD Goes Global: Many believe that BYOD "doesn't work" outside U.S. due to privacy laws or greater exposure to highly variable roaming costs. Our data clearly shows otherwise – with nearly half (44.9 percent) of respondents indicating they are deploying BYOD programs in multiple countries.

A recent Forrester Research report underscores some of the benefits of a BYOD model saying, "For IT professionals, there is a silver lining in all this employee choice and power: you can outsource the cost of devices, monthly service, and even some applications to employees. This is easy to see in the way employees are willing to share or shoulder the cost of smartphones and monthly plans. But it's not a stretch to realize that for any dual-use device or service, your employees might help." (1)

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield exemplifies the kind of highly regulated company that has been able to adopt BYOD and achieve cost savings. Since deploying Good for Enterprise to secure and manage its BYOD deployment, Highmark BCBS has moved over 2,000 users from company-owned devices to the iPhones, iPad, and Android devices employees own.

"Just as we saw last year, smartphones and tablets will be popular gifts this Holiday Season, and come January employees will bring these devices to work in droves," said John Herrema, SVP of Corporate Strategy at Good Technology. "The great news is that companies deploying Good can now confidently embrace this BYOD trend, boost employee productivity and satisfaction, reduce their overall mobility spending, and still satisfy even the most stringent security and compliance requirements."

About Good Technology

Good Technology combines award-winning enterprise-grade mobile security and control with an exceptional user experience, allowing enterprise and government employees to connect, communicate, and collaborate on their devices of choice. Recognized by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the Best Mobile Operations Management Solution in 2011, Good opens new possibilities for maximizing business and personal productivity by providing secure, easy-to-use, and instant mobile access to data, applications and services on hundreds of mobile devices. Want to know more? Visit www.good.com

(1) "Consumerization Drives Smartphone Proliferation", Forrester Research, Inc., Ted Schadler with Matt Brown and Heather Martyn, December 2, 2011.

Media contact:
Siobhan Lyons
Good Technology
Phone: 408-212-7404
Email: slyons@good.com

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