A recent online survey of 375 U.S. IT professionals conducted by IT trade association CompTIA found that U.S. companies are shifting away from BYOD programs. In the new study, the percentage of companies that do not allow BYOD increased from 34 percent in 2013 to 53 percent in 2015. Today, only 40 percent of respondents allow partial BYOD, down from the 58 percent that allowed it two years ago.
Meanwhile, data from Strategy Analytics, shows that 62 percent of North American businesses allow some type of BYOD, while 38 percent do not allow BYOD. According to Strategy Analytics, personal-liable business smartphone shipments made up 42 percent of the North American smartphone market, while corporate liable made up 14 percent.
While these research findings are contradictory, reports heralding BYOD’s invasion of the enterprise, seem to have been premature. Many organizations have stepped away from BYOD after examining security, cost, legal, organizational, and other miscellaneous factors.
Executives in regulated industries like finance, healthcare, and other sectors determined that the risks exceeded the benefits from adopting BYOD. Legal considerations from last year’s decision by a California court that employers in the state had to reimburse employees for personal mobile phone call charges related to work practically wiped out projected savings from BYOD.
In addition, organizations have found that instead of saving them money, BYOD actually costs more than corporate liable programs. In many cases, the expenses simply shifted from a managed portion of the telecom budget under corporate liable programs, to expense reports where there were limited control mechanisms. BYOD programs didn’t provide assurance that employees were on the best plan based on their usage and volume purchasing power was forfeited, meaning there were no opportunities to use pooling to cushion against overage charges for occasional spikes in usage by individual users.
Another way to look at BYOD trends is to consider that some employees were never going to be eligible for a corporate liable device. As smartphones proliferated, it made sense to give these employees access to corporate email accounts through their smartphones. This concession did not necessarily mean that the enterprise was discontinuing its corporate liable program. However, one thing seems certain. Enterprises will continue to evaluate BYOD and develop strategies based on what works best for their enterprise corporate culture.