Survey: Enterprises that don't support BYOD are at competitive disadvantage

Around 70 percent of IT decision makers believe BYOD improves processes, productivity

Around 70 percent of IT decision makers surveyed by Vanson Bourne--for Dell (NASDAQ: DELL)--believe BYOD can improve their work processes and productivity, while 59 percent believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.

At the same time, only 17 percent of enterprises encourage BYOD and actively manage any device employees want to use, according to the survey.

The United States, the Beijing region of China and Australia represent the top three places where enterprises encourage BYOD by managing and supporting any device that users want to bring into the enterprise. France, Germany and the United Kingdom are the bottom three in terms of providing this level of support.

The two technology areas most commonly implemented first for BYOD are desktop virtualization and mobile device management, the survey found.

A number of recent surveys support the Dell survey about the productivity impact of BYOD. A survey this month conducted by Eccentex found that 59 percent of knowledge workers said that the use of a mobile device increases their productivity.

If adopted, implemented and supported properly, BYOD can enhance employee productivity. Implemented poorly or not at all, BYOD can become a resource drain on IT and a security risk for enterprises.

For more:
- see Dell-Vanson Bourne report

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