Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) schemes are on the rise, as a recent survey reveals 90 per cent of Australian CIOs are mindful their employees are using personally-owned devices in the workplace.
The BYO Index, commissioned by Citrix and conducted independently by Vanson Bourne, surveyed 700 CIOs worldwide, 100 of which were based in Australia, found 40 per cent of Australian CIOs have a formal BYO IT policy in place — a number set to hit 78 per cent within a year.
Citrix director of IT services for the pacific region, Stuart Driver, said a BYO approach to technology is part and parcel of a 21st century workforce.
“Those who think putting a big firewall around the enterprise will be let down,” Driver said.
“Even big banking organisations are giving people access to the information desktop applications that they need and this is the way forward.”
Other Australian findings from the survey include:
- 22 per cent of employees use their own devices at work
- 60 per cent said desktop virtualization was a key driver of adoption
- Smartphones are the second most popular personally-owned device, coming in at 32 per cent compared with 38 per cent for laptops
With the top reasons behind BYO deployments including employee satisfaction, increased mobility and greater productivity for workers, Driver said BYO trends are unstoppable and CIOs must embrace the trend or perish.
“There’s a realisation that it’s happening,” Driver said.
“From our perspective, we think it’s about embracing it or drowning underneath it.”
A report on the BYO IT trend from last year contradicts the recent findings, with 73 per cent of CIOs surveyed stating a preference for buying their employees' IT equipment over BYO schemes.
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