BYOD is no longer a new concept in the workplace, but technology advances so quickly that we should not assume that the trends we see now will continue to hold for the next few years.
Right now, 90 percent of employees in the U.S. say they use their personal smartphones for work, according to a Cisco study. In many cases, this largely consists of checking work email after hours. Since most employees own personal smartphones anyway, it is difficult for them to resist the temptation. However, this trend is expected to become more formalized in a relatively short period of time. By 2017, 90 percent of organizations are expected to support BYOD in some form, according to research by Gartner.
"Employee mobile use is expected to grow more complicated for enterprises."
One problem with this is that support for BYOD does not necessarily mean that all companies will develop the right policies to maintain security. It's easy to forget that smartphones and tablets are mobile, and that once they are off company premises and disconnected from the network, control over traffic is limited.
In the near future, employee mobile use is expected to grow more complicated for enterprises. Tech Target predicts that the next big trends will be BYOA (bring your own apps), in which employees start using more of their own personal services for work-related tasks. This can already be seen with growth in Dropbox usage on mobile, for instance. Tech Target also mentioned BYOC (bring your own cloud) and BYON (bring your own network) as potential hurdles for companies.
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