BYOD spurs large IT projects for UK firms

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The BYOD trend is fueling large IT projects for most U.K. organizations, according to a survey of 141 IT pros conducted by Computer Weekly and TechTarget.

For more than 10 percent of U.K. organizations, BYOD accounts for between 25 percent and 50 percent of IT projects currently underway. For another 9 percent of U.K. organizations BYOD is driving between 50 percent and 75 percent of IT projects. For another 50 percent, BYOD accounts for between 1 percent and 24 percent of IT projects, the survey found.

The top IT spending areas for BYOD-related projects are network security, wireless networking and mobile application management. These areas are reflected in the top concerns about BYOD among IT pros: security, compliance and wireless network capacity.

The top three reasons U.K. firms are moving ahead with BYOD are to make workers more productive and collaborate better and because of pressure from business leaders.

The top corporate mobile apps being deployed by U.K. firms are file synchronization, internal corporate apps, such as customer relationship management and third party browser apps.

The survey found that more than 40 percent of firms allow employees to bring their own devices to work, but IT does not support those devices. More than 20 percent support personally owned devices, but mainly those used by senior execs. And around 10 percent support personally owned devices for the general employee population.

Close to half of firms have an official policy for the use of personal devices at work, while 36 percent said they are developing a policy and 14 percent said that they are not currently developing a policy.

For more:
- see the Computer Weekly report
- read the survey results (.pdf)

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