A group of people sitting on a bench in a BYOD workplace

BYOD Statistics Provide Snapshot of Future

18 Jan 2017 by Michael Lazar

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is gaining strength in America. But just how widespread is it? And are companies really adopting new policies that encourage employees to bring their own device into the workplace? We’ll take a look at the most recent BYOD statistics to get a clearer picture.

Current BYOD statistics

The following BYOD statistics can help us fully understand the impact of BYOD in the workplace and serve to demonstrate the widespread adoption of this technology.

  • By the year 2017, BYOD will grow from a $67 billion market to a $181 billion market (Markets&Markets).
  • North America has the highest BYOD adoption rates at 36%, a number that will increase to about 50% of the market by the end of 2017 (Markets&Markets).
  • More than 67% of workers use their own devices at work (CBS MoneyWatch).
  • As of 2013, 60% of companies had a BYOD friendly policy, with an estimated 90% estimated to have favorable More than 50% of workplaces will require employees to bring their own devices by 2017 (Gartner).
This pie chart answers the question: Does Your Organization Currently Allow BYOD?
60% say: Yes, we currently allow the use of personal devices for work purposes. 14% say: We do not currently allow, but within the next 12 months we plan to begin allowing the use of personal devices for work purposes. 26% say: No, we have plans to allow the use of personal devices for work purposes.

Advantages of a BYOD workplace

Statistics show that a BYOD workplace is the new standard, so it’s important to examine what advantages such mobility policies have to offer. Studies are finding that productivity, employee morale and accountability improve in tandem with reduced hardware and networking costs. But some other plausible reasons also come into consideration that make a valid argument in favor of BYOD in the workplace..

A Cisco study found that 69% of IT decision makers were in favor of BYOD, viewing it as a positive addition to any workplace policy. One reason is because workers are saving at least 81 minutes of time per week by using their own devices.

A related Forbes report concurs, finding that nearly half of all workers polled feel they are more productive when they have their own device. This makes sense because a worker is familiar with their own device and its interface, decreasing the learning curve and improving usability.

BYOD is a smart move for cost savings, as well. According to Cisco, companies save an average of $350 per year per employee with a BYOD  policy in place. Reactive programs can increase this savings to as much as $1,300 per year per employee, the study notes. For Small and Medium Business (SMB), this cost savings can add up fast, and can enable these businesses to better protect their bottom line while improving employee productivity and morale.

This bar graph shows the BYOD Usage by Company Size
Companies with fewer than 50 employees say 61% use personal devices for work. Size 50-240 companies say 71% do currently have BYOD. 250-999 said 57%, and 1000 or more 54% said they did.

Improved employee satisfaction

Companies are getting on board the BYOD train, with ZDNet reporting that 74% of companies now offer or plan to offer a BYOD friendly workplace. While the primary reason for not adopting BYOD is “security concerns,” with the right networking infrastructure in place, these concerns can be as mitigated as they already are when allowing an employee to use connected company devices.  

People want balance between their personal and professional lives. A related Samsung study found that workers feel more balance in their professional and personal lives when they are allowed to bring their own devices into work. Additionally, according to IBM, more than 80% of workers feel that smartphones will become an integral part of the workplace in the near future.

Businesses already are becoming increasingly creative in their approach to improving workplace satisfaction and productivity. And BYOD represents a means to help workers feel more balanced while embracing a technology that’s already widely used.

BYOD is evolving

Ever since the advent of smartphones and tablets, workplaces have been adopting and evolving to BYOD.. With Tech Pro Research reporting that 72% of workplaces will be adopting BYOD in the year to come, many businesses are making preparations in advance of streamlining integration.

In the future, change in policy will also occur. As telecommunications providers increase data usage limits and reduce restrictions, employers will no longer have to “foot the bill on data,” and many won’t be willing to, according to Tech Pro.

Just 7% of those surveyed in the aforementioned study reported being fully reimbursed for BYOD data and hardware costs, and just 18% received a monthly stipend. As smartphones become the new handset standard, fewer employers will offer reimbursement, which reduces operating costs. But some will mandate a BYOD policy at the same time.

Expect more resources

With the evolution of BYOD comes new resources. Employers will have to update their networks and security mechanisms to accommodate BYOD and new company policies will be put into place.

BYOD and the Internet of Things (IoT) go hand-in-hand. Some employers will look to create internal company apps and project management systems, while others will mandate that certain security programs and external apps and management systems are installed on devices to maintain compliance.

In a likely scenario, devices would also be tethered to corporate cloud storage services (internal or external), alleviating any foreseeable storage issues while also helping to improve security at endpoints.

If businesses do opt to use external cloud services, they will also be able to reduce security, management and technology costs along the way, while adopting a BYOD policy that helps improve operations from top to bottom.

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