The bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, trend was all the rage as employees brought their personal tech gadgets, such as iPads and smartphones, to work and pressured IT to support them. TrackVia put together an infographic (see below) using data from multiple sources that document BYOD’s meteoric rise.
One of the most eye-popping data points: Eight out of 10 employees use personal technology for business use, while a little more than half of the organizations officially condone it.
But the jury is out on whether or not BYOD will continue its torrid pace or will be hit with a reality check. Gartner predicts BYOD will be the top technology trend this year, while Nucleus Research believes BYOD will stumble given high costs and myths about increased worker productivity.
“The reality is that the support costs, compliance risks, and usage reimbursement typically lead to a higher total cost of ownership with no discernible return on investment or productivity gains,” Nucleus says. “As enterprise CFOs take a closer look at the true pros and cons of BYOD in 2013, they will seek to pursue the most fiscally responsible option: corporate-based accounts.”
Nevertheless, one thing is certain: BYOD took off last year, and this infographic shows it.
Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.