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BYOD, or else. Companies will soon require that workers use their own smartphone on the job

Lucas Mearian | May 2, 2013
A Gartner study released today predicts that by 2017, half of all companies will require employees to bring their own smartphones for work purposes.

One new capability being touted by vendors to corporations that have a BYOD strategies is dual persona smart phones, which offer one interface for personal use and another for business use.

BlackBerry and Samsung today each launched security and management software with dual-personality features for their latest Z10 and Galaxy S4 smartphones.

Even with the security concerns, however, companies are acutely aware that BYOD drives innovation for CIOs and the business by increasing the number of mobile application users in the workforce, Gartner said.

Rolling out applications throughout the workforce presents myriad new opportunities beyond traditional mobile email and communications. Applications such as time sheets, punch lists, site check-in/check-out, and employee self-service HR applications are but a few examples.

Expanding access and driving innovation will ultimately be the legacy of the BYOD phenomenon, Gartner contends.

"However, the business case for BYOD needs to be better evaluated," Willis said. "Most leaders do not understand the benefits, and only 22% believe they have made a strong business case. Like other elements of the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information), mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal, making IT planners uncomfortable."

"If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business," he added.

 

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