I just read a Forrester Report: Charting The Rising Tide Of Bring-Your-Own Technology. It provides lots of data to back up what I found a couple of months ago when researching an IT Insight column, Tech Trends: Bring Your Own Device to Work.
Forrester’s findings include
- a large percentage of workers pay for their own technology (e.g. smartphones, tablet computers and software) out of their own pockets
- workers use a range of self-provisioned devices, software and services to do their jobs
- BYOT is growing today, and will become second nature within three years
- Chief Information Officers (CIOs) cannot afford to ignore BYOT.
Organizations that do not have BYOT policies today should develop them now, because, within a few years, these same organizations will encourage employees to bring their own devices to work.
How this “consumerization” of business with personal tech devices impacts productivity is a topic for another post.