Cisco: BYOD Gaining Acceptance In The Enterprise

by Gaurav Kheterpal on May 17, 2012

The explosive proliferation of smartphones and tablets has meant that more and more people are joining the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) bandwagon, carrying their mobile devices to work. While BYOD supporters claim it increases employee productivity and satisfaction, there’s no doubt that it poses a significant challenges for the enterprise as far as security and compliance are concerned.

Till date, the BYOD paradigm has received a mixed response in the enterprise space. While some organizations strictly forbid employees from carrying their personal mobile devices to work, others negate the security threat by blocking specific applications and ports.

In its IBSG Horizon Study released yesterday, Cisco states that a majority of organizations allow employee-owned devices in some form in the workplace. As many as 76 percent organizations agree that BYOD was somewhat or extremely positive for their companies and challenging for their IT departments.

The survey covered 600 U.S. IT and business leaders and the objective was to uncover the advantages and challenges in BYOD adoption in the enterprise. 95% of survey respondents acknowledged that their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. The study also indicates that the average number of connected devices per knowledge worker is expected to reach 3.3 by 2014, up from an average of 2.8 in 2012.

IMO, the key finding of the IBSG Horizon Study is that BYOD is here to stay and there’s no shying away from it. Seizing the opportunity, Cisco announced the launch of a set of Smart Solutions that are designed to help businesses gain the benefits of increased mobility in the workplace while reducing the associated complexities. The networking giant says these solutions will be a part of its ‘Cisco Unified Workplace’ portfolio which is targeted at creating an environment where workers can access all the people and resources they need for their jobs from anywhere and on any device.

“As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organizations need a comprehensive mobility strategy,” Padmasree Warrior, senior vice president and CTO for Cisco, said in a statement. “By leveraging the intelligent network, organizations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, any time: in other words, ‘work your way.'”

Interestingly, the survey indicates that despite the explosive growth of mobile devices, desktop virtualization still rules the roost in the enterprise  – 98 percent of respondents admitted they were aware of the technology and 68 percent saying that most knowledge worker jobs are suitable for desktop virtualization.

To sum it up, BYOD is an opportunity with its own challenges and it will be interesting to see how the enterprise makes the most of it.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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