The Apple Watch launch will once again bring into sharp focus the issue of staff using their own technology for work and thus fuel the ongoing BYOD debate. Whether or not CIOs have a strategy to embrace BYOD, it will soon become inevitable that employees will want to sync Outlook calendars, manage emails and receive business or personal alerts by a simple tap on the wrist.
BYOD is not going to go away, it’s pervasive, and as technology becomes more personal, more wearable, staff will increasingly wish to put their personal technology to business use. As such, the reluctance of organisations to adopt BYOD will have to change and it will be down to the CIO to lead this change and ensure the policies are in place with respect to data security, network access, taxation and support.
It’s no surprise therefore that the 2014 CIO 100 are leading the way in their adoption of BYOD with 81% of organisations now supporting BYOD to some degree. However, it’s interesting to look behind this headline figure, since BYOD adoption is not universal and some sectors have been a lot more willing to take the plunge – and have become the first to realise the benefits. It will be interesting to investigate the trends and any changes in adoption when the 2015 CIO 100 is announced on April 23.