Study shows Asia-Pacific businesses adopting BYOD programs

12 PM on December 18, 2012

Posted By: Tricia Stream

A new study shows businesses in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly adopting BYOD programs.
A new study shows businesses in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly adopting BYOD programs.

A new study by research firm Ovum showed that more organizations in the Asia-Pacific region are extending their enterprise mobility solutions and adopting bring your own device (BYOD) programs that make it possible for employees to use personal mobile devices for work.

A total of 170 multinational corporations with more than 3,000 employees were polled by Ovum in a recent survey. More than 70 percent of respondents said they already have policies in place that support employee-owned devices. Also, 60 percent of companies said the biggest benefit of their BYOD program was that it saved the organization money on purchasing hardware for employees. Innovation was also listed as another key benefit of supporting BYOD, a ComputerWorld article stated. Many participants also said BYOD played a role in employee satisfaction and retention.

However, the Ovum study also showed that these BYOD capabilities are often only extended to a certain areas or roles within the organization. Claudio Castelli, a senior analyst at Ovum, said the BYOD trend in the region is driven primarily by employees, who want to be able to use their personal devices for work functions.

However,  the Ovum research also showed that some CIOs are struggling to define their enterprise mobility strategy, especially in a region of the world where mobile service, network quality, workplace practices, culture and regulatory environment are"extremely fragmented," ITWire reported.

"The growing acceptance of the BYOD trend by IT departments, and the greater need to mobilize data applications and support a broader range of mobile devices, mean that many CIOs are struggling to define their enterprise mobility strategy," said Castelli, according to the ITWire article. “This is even more challenging for large organizations in Asia-Pacific."

Other studies support Ovum findings
A previous study conducted by IT association ISACA showed that BYOD is increasing worldwide. The study included more than 4,500 IT professionals working in 83 countries, and showed where BYOD is most popular.

According to the results, 48 percent of organizations in Oceania allow their employees to use personal mobile devices, with only 16 percent of companies in that region banning the use. Organizations in Africa are also BYOD friendly, with 38 percent of companies allowing BYOD, Apps Tech News reported. Europe is lagging, the article stated, with 28 percent of organizations allowing BYOD. Companies in North America are most likely to allow BYOD, with 66 percent of organizations having a policy in place.

The study also showed that 53 percent of the business professionals from the Asia-Pacific region believe that BYOD is more risky than beneficial. However, with a reliable and simple unified communication system, companies can be sure their sensitive data is secure on employee-owned devices.