What if your business expands globally? According to Markets and Markets, the increasing use of traditional and non-traditional mobile devices at workplaces and demand for increased security are expected to drive the global market. The global unified endpoint management market size is estimated to grow from $624.9 million in 2015 to $3.73 billion by 2020.
Whether your business expands, and whether you’re ready for the changing workforce or not, the growing non-traditional mobile device movement includes BYOD and/or CYOD. According to Tech Pro Research, 74% of organizations surveyed either have already begun offering employees the option of bringing their own device to work, or are planning to. By giving employees the choice of their device, organizations can reduce hardware and service costs. On the flip side, however, that’s led to a bigger strain on IT departments that have to maintain the various devices.
Harvard Business Review writes in its article “Tracking the Trends in Bringing Our Own Device to Work” that the BYOD movement has been five years in the making as it relates to the issues of the consumerization of IT. With BYOD, employees enjoy the high degree of collaboration and social networking, as the group dynamic is more community-minded “because of the need to work with others fluidly.” Furthermore, 38% of respondents in a separate survey said restrictive IT policies at work affected their on-the-job efficiency, while another 22% said such restrictions affected their ability to problem-solve. HBR also found that customer-facing organizations benefit from BYOD the most. They write that “employees often feel closer to the clients than their own organization” as they aim to deliver efficient service.
Choose your own device allows users to select a company-owned device from a pool of company-issued devices to use for work purposes. With CYOD, the organization has more control, as IT managers “can support a limited set of devices and not feel overburdened by the multitude of devices staff can choose from,” says Telsyte analyst Rodney Gedda. The benefit of limiting the devices offered to users “makes it easier to find a solution that can secure and manage the corporate data on those devices,” Ovum analyst Richard Absalom said in Computer World. As users have high expectations of technology, an organization is well suited to recognize those demands in the way they support technology in the workplace.
Empowering your organization’s employees by offering the option to select the device that best fits them can result in increased productivity, greater business efficiency, improved user satisfaction, and greater engagement, according to Mobile Business Insights. Employees are happy because it offers flexibility and cost reduction.
How does bringing or choosing your own device to work relate to unified endpoint management? UEM streamlines platforms and devices in both BYOD and CYOD environments. Here are a few benefits of implementing UEM:
- Empower people to choose their own devices to improve productivity, collaboration and mobility.
- Protect sensitive information from loss and theft while addressing privacy, compliance, and risk management mandates.
- Reduce costs and simplify management through self-service provisioning and automated management and monitoring.
- Simplify IT with a single comprehensive solution to manage and secure data, apps and devices.
The BYOD/CYOD movement is part of the future of the changing workplace. According to Insight, 6 out of 10 companies had a BYOD-friendly policy, and the BYOD market is on pace to reach nearly $367 billion by 2022, compared with $30 billion in 2014.
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