Businesses Embracing BYOD Policies
Once upon a time, the sign of a career that was going places was being given a company car, an expense account or a long list of benefits.
Nowadays it seems like gadgets have come to rule us all, and those who get an iPad on the first day of the job can find themselves catching envious glances from friends and colleagues alike.
Yet is all that set to change? Quite possible, if the recent trend toward bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies continues to gain momentum.
Gartner reported on May 1 that 38 per cent of companies expect that by 2016 they will have stopped providing devices to their employees.
That's according to a survey of CIOs worldwide by Gartner's Executive Programs.
Gartner said that BYOD is most prevalent among medium and large enterprises, though it can also allow smaller businesses to gain a mobile capacity without large expenditure on devices.
"BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," said vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner David Willis in a statement.
"The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction and reducing or avoiding costs."
Despite this, Mr Willis said that most business leaders still do not understand the benefits of having a BYOD policy.
Could IT professionals help them see the light?
The need to develop applications which help employees and employers capitalise on their BYOD policies could well see more specialised IT engineer jobs and contract IT jobs pop up for just this purpose.
Gartner suggests that helping companies expand access and drive innovation will be the legacy of the BYOD phenomenon, and that implementation and use of time sheets, site check in and out apps, and employee self-service HR programs will help drive this legacy.