SMBs driving new wave of BYOD programs

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The bring your own device movement will continue to define the workplace in 2014, with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) embracing the practice in increasing numbers, according to a new study published by the International Data Corporation.

The study, called the "U.S. 2014 SMB Corporate-Owned and BYOD Mobile Device Survey," finds that SMBs now account for the biggest increase in formal BYOD program launches.

"Small businesses have seen the most growth in BYOD device uptake and have responded by implementing policies that govern how those devices are used," said IDC analyst Chris Chute, research director of the firm's Global SMB Cloud and Mobility Practice and co-author of the study.

"This is a marked change from only a year ago when close to half of small firms cited having a zero-access BYOD stance. Now, with the availability of hosted software and easy-to-implement mobile solutions, SMB IT managers feel much more comfortable allowing personal devices access to internal IT resources," Chute said.

As mobile workforce management tools and techniques have improved, a growing number of companies have been able to integrate them into a unified communications program deployment.

A recent article in Cloud Tweaks noted that "more companies than ever are recognizing this as a key component to successful unified communications initiatives … Personal devices in the workplace will continue to increase throughout 2014, and businesses will need to adapt to change in order to stay afloat."

For more:
- check out the IDC report abstract
- read the Cloud Tweaks article

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