Firms Still Not Serious About Their BYOD Policies
While bring your own device (BYOD) seems to be the order of the day, a new report may prompt CIOs and organizations relook their mobile or BYOD strategy. While 7 out of 10 organizations have a mobility policy or are currently in the process of drafting one, only 40 percent have a Bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to a joint survey by BlackBerry-CMR Research. The survey report titled ‘India Enterprise Mobility’ that intends to map out the latest enterprise mobility/BYOD trends in India states that across all sectors, states that data protection followed by device security emerged as the biggest concerns while implementing BYOD policy.
According to the survey, IT/ITeS vertical leads the pack in BYOD, BFSI & Telecom, and Media & Entertainment follow suit. Selecting the right platform and developing an enterprise-wide mobility strategy emerged as key challenges for implementing a mobility solution, including telecom expense management, packaged apps for mobile collaboration and MDM
Apalak Ghosh, Lead Analyst, Emerging Technologies, CMR said, “The era of mobile enterprise has arrived. An entire ecosystem needs to be developed to support enterprise mobility. Design, development, deployment and maintenance of devices and applications will assume critical importance in this process. The report presents exciting opportunities for enterprise mobility vendors and attempts to provide a direction to enterprises to align their mobile policy to address the new requirements.”
Other key highlights from the report include:
- Over 20% of employees use their personal devices to access work related information on a regular basis in around one-third of organizations
- Top usage refers to email, specific app & calendaring when it comes to company information access
- BYOD policy adoption is at a fairly nascent stage. Of the organisations which have adopted, 25% created in last 6 months and 60% in last one year; Even the highly regulated BFSI has seen traction in the last 6 months
- Back-up, restore and protection of personal data figures high on policy priority
- Social media sites are at the top of the restricted list
- Lost devices, maintenance and procurement and security of enterprise data on employee mobile devices are the key concerns with BYOD implementation
- Security, policy compliance and ability to support multiple mobile platforms are the top three factors taken into consideration by organisations while implementing BYOD
- More than three-fourth of the organizations surveyed remain sceptical about benefits outweighing the risks for BYOD
- More than half of the organisations are aware of the more flexible and evolved version of BYOD policy like COPE (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled); highest awareness levels in IT/ITeS and Telecom sectors
MDM, Apps & Cloud
- Security compliance and back-up & restore emerged as the top priorities for MDM
- Email, Sales Force Automation and Social networking for collaboration emerged as the top three enterprise application used
- One in every eight organisations explores customised enterprise apps for their mobile workforce. Manufacturing and BFSI lead this space.
- Around 50% of the organizations are considering a move to cloud for their mobility requirements, especially in Telecom, Media and Entertainment followed by Healthcare vertical.
“BlackBerry is constantly looking at new opportunities and avenues to further strengthen our enterprise offerings and address the growing complexities and risks of mobile communication,” he said adding that the report will highlight the disruption taking place in communication across enterprises as it offers compelling insights as well as a future roadmap for the industry at large.
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