Employees holding European firms back from BYOD

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While mobile device penetration in Europe is high, European firms remain reluctant to allow BYOD.

According to a recent survey of European firms by IDC, 41 percent don't have any plans to allow BYOD. This is down only slightly from a similar survey last year, where 44 percent of firms said they were not planning on BYOD, according to IDC stats cited in a CIO article.

"BYOD has taken off to quite a large extent in the U.S., and for a while it looked as though it was going to be vogue in Europe as well. But European employees don't like BYOD so much as American employees," says John Delaney, associate vice president of mobility at IDC, at the 2014 Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 and Enterprise Mobility Summit.

Surprisingly, employees are the ones holding back BYOD in Europe. Employees expect their company to pay for their IT devices and they are reluctant to give up their privacy to be able to bring their own devices into work.

"There's a cultural expectation here that your employer will provide you with the tools you need to do your job. You don't expect to have to buy it yourself," Delaney says.

Of course, IT security worries are also a factor, as they are in the U.S. For example, more than half of 1,600 senior IT pros in the U.S. and Europe recently surveyed by IDG reported a serious violation of personal mobile device use. According to a 2013 survey of CIOs in the U.K., over half of U.K. corporate networks had been breached because of BYOD.

So security remains a concern for IT pros in Europe when it comes to BYOD. Add employee reluctance to the mix and you have a recipe for slow adoption of BYOD in the Old World.

For more:
- read the CIO article
- check out IDG survey results

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