by Tom Kaneshige

BYOD’s Battle Royale Pits IT vs. Employee

Nov 06, 20131 min
CareersIT LeadershipIT Strategy

IT departments want to control the devices employees bring into the workplace. Employees say, 'my device, my rules.' It's an epic battle that promises to rage on, but who's winning right now? Check out this infographic for a BYOD scorecard.

The “Bring Your Own Device” super trend has ignited an epic battle between IT and employees. In one corner, IT frets about data security and perhaps losing control over devices and apps. In the other corner, employees want to choose the devices and apps for work and play, and they’re a little tired of IT telling them what they can and cannot do. So who’s winning?

Workshare just released findings from a study tracking the blow-by-blow brouhaha, and right now it looks like employees are kicking butt. Here’s a taste of what’s happening: 78 percent of finance employees use free file sharing platforms but only 35 percent are authorized by IT.

In the same vein, 88 percent of legal employees use free file-sharing platforms but only 33 percent are authorized their IT department.

For more, check out Workshare’s infographic below.

Workshare mobilization, BYOD

Tom Kaneshige covers Apple, BYOD and Consumerization of IT for Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn. Email Tom at