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Organisations driven to embrace bring-your-own-device policies

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 16, 2011
Provide support for employee-owned laptops, tablets and smartphones.

IT leaders are under pressure to support employee-owned devices, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dimension Data on the desktop virtualisation market.

Organisations are driven to embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, which are challenging IT departments to establish a balance between enablement and flexibility.

There is also a need to strike balance between the business need for control and security. 

Sixty-eight percent percent of the 124 participants surveyed in Asia, including Singapore, India, Hong Kong and China said they see improved self-service as a primary reason for supporting employee-owned slates, tablets, netbooks and laptops.

Also, 60 percent of the respondents see lower purchase costs as a key driver for embracing BYOD, according to Neville Burdan, general manager of Microsoft Solutions, Dimension Data Asia Pacific.

"While most BYOD policies are in the early stages of implementation, the research indicates that growing employee interest is pushing organisations to think differently," said Burdan.

End-user interest

About two thirds of the 546 organisations surveyed by Forrester Consulting study said they experience end-user interest in BYOD policies and between 20 and 22 percent are already providing support for employee-owned laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Sixteen to 21 percent of respondents intend to provide support over the next two years.

"The data suggests that desktop and application virtualisation is set to play a key role in supporting employee-owned devices and improving workforce flexibility. Indeed, desktop virtualisation's true value lies in the enablement of mobility, and flexibility regarding device choice, security and management ease," said Burdan.

"Organisations that prioritise and embrace desktop and application virtualisation will be able to grant employees the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere on a range of devices, and better manage access to confidential information."


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