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3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing

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Regardless of the concerns CIOs have seen BYO trends take flight, and even expand to BYO desktop or laptop policies. According to the Gartner study, 40 percent of global 1000 firms will stop supplying PCs by 2016, relying on employees to use their own preferred system.

"Today's workforce includes contractors, outsourcers and remote employees," states an infographic (pictured right) by Moka5, an enterprise end-user computing firm. "Supplying, securing and supplying all those PCs is inefficient, costly, and wastes precious IT resources."

By and large, the computers and mobile devices we purchase for ourselves are going to be better than the ones offered by an enterprise. The willingness (or perhaps just acceptance) of employees to provide their own device for a preferred user experience is not worth ignoring. It should be fostered. Especially with Garnter's finding that 59% of BYODers get more work done on their own device.

In this BYO-everything environment, David Appelbaum, senior VP of marketing at Moka5, says companies save twice; on capital expenditure and operating expenditure. "Especially for remote employees and contractors, it is better they use their own devices and support it themselves."

 

Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio

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Nathan Golia
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Nathan Golia,
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2/21/2014 | 3:47:55 AM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
Yet wouldn't it be awesome if UBM just gave us a budget and said buy whatever you want for work? You would probably spend a quarter of what I do, though, haha.
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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2/19/2014 | 3:21:10 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I used to have a BlackBerry, they are great, and I truly mean that.
Becca L
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Becca L,
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2/19/2014 | 2:38:02 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I agree. Having only ever head apple smartphones If someone handed me a Blackberry or Samsung right now it would take me days, possibly weeks, to really adjust.
Jonathan_Camhi
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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2/18/2014 | 7:44:39 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
I think there are a lot of employees out there who are so used to their personal devices that it would affect their productivity anyway if you made them use a different one.
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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2/18/2014 | 3:04:14 PM
re: 3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
Tech support seems to me to be the biggest barrier. IT departments probably don't want to be managing a multitude of employee devices, I'm sure it would make their life easier if all were using the same company-issued device. But, as you note, the employee has the expectation he or she will be able to use the device of their choice.
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