BYOD Creating New Challenges For Companies


Companies are investing increasing amounts in building workplaces that can respond to emerging work trends, with bring your own device (BYOD) one of the biggest emerging factors for businesses.

A recent study from the market intelligence firm IDC found the number of companies integrating BYOD policies and practices into their operations has reached 60 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region.

One way in which companies are making this shift is by investing in cloud technology – moving their business onto an online framework where data can be accessed across any device and from anywhere in the world.

Cloud-based business management software is just one way that companies are creating new tools that fit around a highly mobile workforce with multiple devices.

While a majority of companies are taking these steps to address BYOD, the overall appeal of using personal technology is only increasing.  In the last year, IDC reported they have seen a significant increase in BYOD use, with 40 per cent growth across the region in 2014.

Tablets in particular are seeing significant growth, with a 60 per cent increase in the number of people who are using these devices as part of their work.

Ian Song, research manager for enterprise mobility at IDC Asia/Pacific, pointed to the growing capabilities of these devices as a boost for businesses.

“With the user experience of mobile devices improving, end users can start to perform more complex task on those devices. In addition, the price of device has also dropped to a level where increased proliferation becomes possible,” said Mr Song.

As companies find new ways to handle the growth of BYOD, the need for systems that can be used across a range of different devices and locations is only going to increase for businesses in Asia-Pacific.