A survey of 1,500 senior IT managers across ten countries, including the UK, US, India, China and Singapore, has revealed the differing approaches that firms from around the world take to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
The report from Dell found that companies in Singapore are the most proactive in using digital rights to manage the distribution of potentially sensitive company information, with nearly two thirds of respondents in Singapore admitting that their firms focus more on the management of users than devices.
When asked “Should companies focus on users or devices when developing a BYOD strategy?” 56% of UK respondents said their companies are more likely to focus on users over devices.
The idea of allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices to work and use them to access company information and applications is becoming a common feature for many businesses, with the survey revealing that 59% of respondents believe that without BYOD they could get left behind.
Despite this however, only 17% of organisations said that they actively encourage BYOD.
On average, Dell survey respondents identified four personal gains for their employees, including more flexible working hours, the ability to foster creativity, speedier innovation, and better teamwork/collaboration.
It was revealed that those companies with existing BYOD policies tend to focus on specific mobile phones, tablets and their operating systems, adding each new model into their mobile device management schemes as they are introduced to the workplace.