BYOD Not An Option, But Requirement Soon, Says Gartner

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By 2017, the Gartner believes, half of all employers will require their workers to supply their own devices for work purposes. By 2016, 38 percent of employers will stop providing devices to workers, the firm predicts.

"BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," said David Willis, vice president at Gartner. "The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs."

Gartner said that BYOD is most common in midsize and large organizations today and companies in the United States are twice as likely to allow BYOD as those in Europe, where BYOD has the lowest adoption of all the regions. While it now seems that BYOD is here to stay, Willis noted that "the business case for BYOD needs to be better evaluated." He added that "most leaders do not understand the benefits, and only 22 percent believe they have made a strong business case."

Going forward, he said that the enterprise should subsidize only the service plan on a smartphone. "What happens if you buy a device for an employee and they leave the job a month later? How are you going to settle up? Better to keep it simple. The employee owns the device, and the company helps to cover usage costs."

Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on and disruptive technologies. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and , he previously published TG Daily and was editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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