5 Reasons Why BYOD Is Not Dead (Yet)

BYOD Is Alive And Kicking

Steven Lerner

Reports of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’s death have been greatly exaggerated. BYOD has been declared dead so many times over the years that most people have lost count. Even Enterprise Mobility Exchange asked if the days of having a BYOD policy might be finished, and declared it was not.

Although corporate-owned personally-enabled devices (COPE) have increased in popularity, BYOD still has a massive presence in the enterprise. Just as there are companies that ditch a BYOD policy for COPE, there are also organizations that make the switch back to BYOD.

BYOD has its risks and complications, as enterprises are often tasked with securing and managing these devices. However, to suggest that BYOD is dead is simply not reflective of the current state of enterprise mobility. Just like a monster in a horror movie that refuses to die, BYOD is not going anywhere. To put these rumors of BYOD’s death to rest, here are five reasons why BYOD is still alive:

1. The Market Is Growing

If you think BYOD is dead, think again. After being worth $35.1 billion just two years ago in 2016, the BYOD market is slated to grow to $73.3 billion by 2021. Part of the reason that the market is growing is because BYOD is still prolific. A 2018 study by Oxford Economics found that only 17% of enterprises provide mobile devices to employees, whereas 31% only rely on a BYOD policy. Another 52% of enterprises follow a hybrid approach by offering both BYOD and corporate-owned devices. As a result, up to 83% of all enterprises still have BYOD as a viable option.

2. There Are (Still) Cost Savings

Despite rising costs for maintaining a BYOD environment with solutions that include mobile device management (MDM), BYOD is still an incredibly affordable option for many enterprises. In fact, BYOD can curtail certain enterprise mobility costs in telecommunications, hardware, and training. A study in 2018 found that an enterprise with 10,000 employees can expect to save up to 11% every year with BYOD by shifting mobility costs to the employees. In an age with enterprises looking to reduce technology expenses, a BYOD policy still makes a lot of sense.

3. Employees Are More Satisfied And Productive

It can be disheartening and time-consuming when employees are forced to manage both personal and work devices. A single phone that is utilized for both work and for personal activities could relieve this headache. A BYOD policy also provides employees with the flexibility to choose a device for work that best fits their needs. It would be detrimental to force an iPhone user to rely on an Android phone for work, and vice versa. One survey found that 68% of employees are more satisfied and productive with their work when they get to choose their technology.

4. Improves IT Flexibility

In enterprises with corporate-owned devices, IT departments are sometimes stretched thin because team members are tasked with device maintenance, support, and training for employees. With a BYOD policy, employees are maintaining their own devices, which frees up IT department team members to focus on more meaningful tasks, such as cyber security or developing apps.

5. New Security Options For A BYOD Policy

Security is one of the biggest concerns with BYOD. Employee-owned devices could be more vulnerable to hacking, and company data could be at risk. In recent years, new solutions have made BYOD safer and easier to maintain. Some of these solutions allow employers to monitor BYOD devices, and they give companies the ability to wipe devices clean or prevent usage with public Wi-Fi networks. BYOD policies have also forced a lot of enterprises to rely more on cloud computing for data storage, which can be useful in the long-term.