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BYOD not a big deal?

BYOD not a big deal?

Is BYOD overhyped?

While BYOD might be one of the latest buzzwords doing the rounds, some major companies have said they are not yet witnessing the trend in their own companies.

Adam Bennett, CIO at NAB, told CIO he wasn’t seeing demand from employees or executives to bring in their own devices. Despite this, the company is putting in measures to accommodate future mobile device use.

“We are running pilots for people to use iPads and things like that and we’re pushing those options to people. But I think widespread BYOD is at least certainly a little way off and I think whenever you embark on something like that, you really have to evaluate it in a sense of ‘ok, what does that mean for the business?” he said.

For example, examining security and HR issues.

“There’s a whole raft of things that need to be worked out and that’s where, again, from the trials and pilots that we’ve been running, we’ve been extremely careful to make sure we’re safeguarding the bank’s information data and systems and really doing it in a controlled fashion,” Bennett said.

“...but I guess I’m yet to see a massive business case of how people bringing in their own devices will increase the share price.”

Westpac’s CIO, Clive Whincup also recently told the Australian Financial Review he was not witnessing demand from staff to bring their own devices to work and therefore did not see a need for a BYOD policy. Instead, he said a policy would be set on a case-by-case basis.

“We are still controlling what people can use. We deploy iPads, iPhones and BlackBerrys but the biggest single issue is whether people’s working practices and behaviours change to the degree that they want to be able to choose their device,” he said.

A recent survey by Gartner confirmed global companies have BYOD on their radar.

The survey found CIOs believe 38 per cent of laptops, tablets and mobile phones will be employee-owned in the US and 20 per cent in the UK in two years.

“BYOD is an inevitable requirement that comes about as a result of the wave of consumerisation of mobile devices, regardless of related policy haves or have-nots,” the report stated.

“A formal mobility strategy team should be [established] as part of the IT department for data management and control. In addition, enterprises should create a BYOD policy for balancing cost control and reimbursement.”

The survey found BYOD demand was highest in Brazil, Russia, India and China where more Gen Y employees make up the workforce.

The Gartner survey was carried out over October and November last year asking 938 respondents from Australia, the US, the UK, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China and Japan about their approach toward managing the impact of mobile devices on network performance and data centre infrastructure.

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