Saying that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is coming to the modern workplace is a fallacy. The truth is, BYOD is already here. If you are reading this post on your smartphone, well, that just cements the reality about BYOD. And now that it’s here, there’s no turning back.
Many of your co-workers and clients might be surprised when they hear some of the stats about BYOD. These numbers give a clear picture of how far the bring-your-own-device craze has come, how companies are reacting to it, and where the trend is going. Here are 12 stats about BYOD that will give you instant credibility around the water cooler:
- 80 percent of employees use personal technology for business use: Are you simply checking work email on your smartphone? Congratulations, you are among this 80 percent. However, CIOs and IT specialists might take pause at the next few stats about BYOD …
- 53 percent of organizations officially approve of BYOD: The differences between the two percentages highlight the BYOD trend—employees want it, but companies are slow to formally adopt it.
- Only 34 percent of CIOs think employees are accessing company networks on personal devices: Contrast this Forrester Research statistic with the numbers of employees actually using BYOD and you can see the technological disconnect between worker and employer.
- About 60 percent of companies have no BYOD policy whatsoever: From this 2013 Acronis/Ponemon Institute research, you can gather that there are companies that approve of BYOD but set no guidelines for its use. Yikes.
- 94 percent of employees would not want their device remotely wiped: Among the stats about BYOD, this Gartner-researched number isn’t surprising—remote wiping is a major hassle for employees who lose their phones yet still hope to find them, as well as workers who leave the organization. These employees might not have to worry, because …
- 21 percent of organizations perform remote wiping: The previous Acronis/Ponemon Institute research revealed stats about BYOD that paints a bleak picture on organizational security to personal devices. For sure, remote wiping is controversial, but the low percentage suggests companies aren’t worried about the controversy but are simply not as concerned about BYOD security as they should be.
- Of companies that do have a BYOD policy, 24 percent make exceptions for executives: Just one more discovery from the Acronis/Ponemon survey: Executives aren’t held to the same BYOD standards as employees. This “privilege” for execs can be ultimately devastating because they may have access to more sensitive company information, yet are held under less scrutiny to protect that data.
- 50 percent of smartphone and tablet users do not password-protect their devices: Gartner also discovered that at least two-thirds of users are perpetually logged into their technology.
- 57 minutes: Not all stats about BYOD are gloom and doom. For example, the average Intel worker in a BYOD program reclaimed 57 minutes of time per day. This is a good argument for those who think BYOD decreases worker productivity.
- $2,500, $300-$1,300: A Cisco study found that telecommuting saved companies an average of $2,500 per employee per year, and that BYOD saved between $300 and $1,300 for everywhere employees (ones using their devices outside the office).
- 90 percent of organizations think email apps are the most important mobile tools: In this Citrix study, line-of-business tools came in second at 52 percent, followed by enterprise file sync and share at 48 percent, and collaboration tools at 39 percent.
- 70 percent of mobile professionals will work on personal devices by 2018: This Gartner statistic isn’t tracking employees simply their checking email via BYOD—70 percent is the number of workers fully working on their own technology.
Which of these stats about BYOD was most surprising?