Larger enterprises taking to BYOD, says Good


Larger enterprises are the most active in adopting and supporting BYOD, among customers surveyed by mobile device management firm Good Technology.

Three quarters of larger enterprises supporting BYOD have 2,000 or more employees, while 46 percent have 10,000 employees or more. For the survey, Good polled 500 of its largest enterprise customers and received a 20 percent to 25 percent response rate.

Overall, more enterprises embraced BYOD in 2012 than in 2011, 76 percent compared to 72 percent.

"When see the overall group supporting BYOD picking up and the naysayer group getting halved, what that tells us is that this is inevitable. The number supporting BYOD is going to jump to 100 percent over the next few years," predicted John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology.

About half of enterprises supporting BYOD require employees to cover all of the costs, according to the survey. Around one-fourth of enterprises use a stipend to help cover employee costs, while 19 percent allow eligible employees to get reimbursed for service costs.

The survey found that enterprises in more countries are supporting BYOD compared to the previous report. "Last year, you could describe BYOD as a predominantly U.S. phenomenon. We are now seeing it adopted more broadly, especially with our large multi-national customers," Herrema told FierceMobileIT.

Surprisingly, security concerns and regulatory compliance issues are not discouraging enterprises from supporting BYOD.

"We continue to see financial services and healthcare among the most active in BYOD. If large, multinational, highly regulated, complex companies can figure this out, everyone can figure this out," he added.

Herrema admitted that the survey results about security concerns might be skewed because only Good customers were polled. "We don't think it is an accident that our customer base has been able to address their security concerns, as well as privacy concerns. This is the other side of the coin. How do you deploy a solution onto a user's device in a way that you can control and manage your data, and do it in way that won't interfere with a user's personal use or privacy?" he related.

In contrast to Good's results, other surveys have shown increasing security and privacy concerns about BYOD. According to one survey conducted last year by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by security firm Lumension, one-quarter of IT managers see mobile devices as a rising security threat to the enterprise.

For more:
- see Good's BYOD report

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