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Seven Stats About The Future of BYOD

March 17, 2017

All the latest stats about BYOD (bring your own device) reveal how much this business trend has grown over the past five years. For example, an estimated 80 percent of employees are using personal devices for some sort of workplace task, even if it’s just checking email or receiving text alerts. The stats about BYOD in the future are just as revealing.

When children born today enter the workplace, it's a real possibility that they will not know the concept of a company owned device. The bring-your-own-device trend is certainly headed in that direction, with employees preferring their personal technology over the clunky hardware their parents grew up with. Here are seven stats about the future of BYOD:

  1. 480 million: Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2016, this is the number of smartphones that will be shipped worldwide. Of these 480 million phones, an estimated 65 percent will be used for BYOD.
  2. 370 million: IT consulting giant Gartner Inc. estimates this will be the number of tablets that will be produced in 2016. That’s more than three times the number produced in 2012.
  3. 10 billion: This is the number of personal mobile devices that are estimated to be in use by 2020. This doesn’t even take into account technology yet to be invented. If you consider that there won’t be more than 8 billion people on the planet, you get on idea on where BYOD is going: Some employees will be more likely to be using more than one personal device for work.
  4. Two out of three companies will adopt a BYOD solution by 2017: This is progress, but you start to wonder, why isn’t the third adopting a solution when so many employees already are using BYOD?
  5. 1.3 billion devices will have mobile security applications installed on them by 2018: As the mobile market grows, so will cyberattacks aimed at portable devices. The key, as we will find out in the next few years, is if these security apps keep up with the emerging threats.
  6. Globally, the BYOD market is expected to grow to $181.39 billion by 2017: Some stats about BYOD deal with device and employee percentages; this data by Markets and Markets research is pure money. For perspective, the market was worth only $67.21 billion in 2011. That’s almost a 200 percent jump in six years.
  7. By 2017, half of employers will require employees to buy their own devices: This finding from a Gartner survey of CIOs is interesting and potentially controversial among stats about BYOD. Though today’s workers are clamoring for more BYOD, how will they react if it becomes mandatory, along with strict policies on security, device choice, and limited or no stipends to purchase the technology and accompanying data charges? This is more evidence that a partnership between distributors, VARs, clients, and employees is the best way to achieve a BYOD policy that companies and workers alike can be happy with is essential.

Where do you see the future of BYOD headed?