Should your company continue to invest in BYOD?

Over the past few years, this blog has mentioned the inevitability of BYOD as an important element for enterprises to consider when managing tech needs. The argument often goes that workers are likely to use their own devices even if a company doesn't prepare for it, so developing a solution that anticipates sharing and multiple-device use is required to stay current. However, recent trends may have companies doubting the true importance of this approach.

According to the "Building Digital Organizations" study from CompTIA, the amount of businesses that only rely on company-issued devices instead of BYOD has increased between now and last year. The organization surveyed 375 IT workers and found that the percentage of companies that only manage "partial BYOD" has decreased by 10 percent since 2014. In contrast, 53 percent have a "no BYOD" policy now, an 8 percent increase over last year.

While the amount of companies with full BYOD made up the smallest section of the survey sample (7 percent), it also represents an increase, albeit only a 2 percent one. Still, this doesn't necessarily mean that BYOD is less important to enterprises as a whole. 

In an article for Information Age, Chloe Green writes that BYOD is actually growing, and that it can be partnered with a private cloud for a greater guarantee of security.

"It is important for organizations to move beyond traditional file storage systems that fail to deliver users the easy access and file sharing features that are essential for today's mobile workforce," Green writes. She also cites information from Gartner predicting that "50 percent of employees will have mobile devices for work purposes" by 2017.

A web-friendly mainframe terminal emulator allows companies to prepare for a BYOD-focused future if they haven't already. Inventu's FlyNet Viewer comes with an adaptable licensing plan and full keyboard support, as well as customization options that make it perfect for your particular workplace.