More employees using personal smartphones at work

Monday 19 November 2012

An increasing number of employees are embracing bring your own device (BYOD) and using their own smartphones for work, it has been claimed.
According to mobility services provider iPass, the BYOD is exploding around the workplace, enabling businesses to increase productivity

Employees are using more data with more devices to work longer hours, anytime and anywhere, the company stated.

The firm found that the proportion of workers' smartphones provisioned by employers has declined from 58 per cent to 33 per cent.

Self-provisioning has risen to 46 per cent; up from 42 per cent last year.

Evan Kaplan, chief executive officer at iPass, said that in order to gain the business benefits of the proliferation of consumer-driven IT, enterprises must stay in front of the BYOD challenge.

They need to provide cost-effective connectivity for mobile workers wherever they roam, he stated.

Mr Kaplan said the idea of a universal computing device that supplants other devices has been on the radar for decades.

"What's interesting is that while the smartphone is ranked only behind the wallet and keys in importance, it's not displacing mobile workers' reliance on tablets or laptops," he stated.

"In fact, our data indicates that smartphone users also use more data on other devices, revealing an interesting phenomenon."

Posted by Alex Boardman