BYO tech policy a given by 2013: Survey

Many employers planning on providing subsidies, stipends to offset costs to workers
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/11/2011

Bring your own (BYO) technology is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace, with 94 per cent of organizations worldwide intending to have a formal BYO policy in place by 2013, according to a recent survey. Currently, 44 per cent of employers have this policy in place, found the Bring Your Own Index by Citrix Systems, which polled 700 IT officers (100 from Canada).

“There are two reasons that BYO is being embraced with organizations,” said Mick Hollison, vice-president of desktop marketing and strategy at Citrix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “There are those that are using BYO to keep up with the rapid consumerization of enterprise IT and then there are the forward-thinking CIOs who have embraced BYO as a way to attract the best talent, encourage a flexible environment and raise productivity levels.”

Bring your own technology includes laptops, used by 38 per cent of survey respondents, smartphones (29 per cent) and tablet computers (eight per cent). Most organizations (62 per cent) use desktop virtualization technology that enables employees to simply log on to a website from their device and access their work desktop, shared drives and any applications they need, said Hollison.