Survey shows that BYOD adoption is growing
Aruba Networks has announced the results of a survey of the development and implementation of the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon in private and public sector organisations across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).The survey – BYOD in Europe, Middle East and Africa: An Overview of Adoption, Challenges and Trends – polled 773 IT and networking professionals across the entire EMEA region. Key findings indicate that, while organisations are taking considerable steps towards BYOD adoption, network and bandwidth issues remain significant barriers for many.
The Aruba survey found that 69 per cent of organisations polled allow some form of BYOD, whether that is strictly limited to Internet connectivity or includes some access to corporate applications on employee owned devices. This reflects a shift from the blanket ban on consumer grade devices that has been witnessed in previous years. However, just 22 per cent of organisations polled have more than one in four employees bringing their own devices, suggesting that there is still a long way to go before the potential of BYOD is fully realised.
‘The BYOD phenomenon has definitely had a significant impact on enterprises worldwide, creating a whole new set of challenges for already stretched IT teams,’ said Chris Kozup, senior director marketing EMEA at Aruba. ‘If enterprises are to truly embrace BYOD, this increased demand for mobile diversity must be addressed in the way that corporate networks are designed and managed. Organisations must implement infrastructures that are capable of supporting a broad array of mobile devices, without overburdening their IT staff.’
Despite the undeniable success of BYOD so far, a third of respondents surveyed said their organisations still ban employees from connecting their own devices to corporate networks. As with many emerging trends, security is at the heart of this – 70 per cent of organisations surveyed found that ensuring a secure connection is the main barrier to full adoption of BYOD, while 45 per cent of organisations surveyed are held back by how to enforce access rights based on user, device and application type.