Bring-your-own-device doesn’t seem to be a passing fad. It could even be safe to say that BYOD is here to stay. In fact a survey completed by Cisco found that out of 600 businesses surveyed, 95% permitted their employees to use their own smart phones and tablets in the workplace.

The survey also found that 76% of IT managers consider the use of BYOD positive because it gives employees a sense of productively and allows them to feel more satisfied with their jobs. The study even put a dollar amount to BYOD – they estimated that the productivity gains from employees using their own devices could be between $300 and $1,300 annually, depending on the employee.

BYOD can greatly increase productivity, but like any other new technology, it also takes money and work to get started. Cisco’s survey found that in 2014, 20% of all IT spending will be for BYOD mobility initiatives, up from 10% in 2010. BYOD also takes work to get set-up in the sense of supporting a broad range of devices and providing security across those devices.

Do you think that these survey findings indicate that BYOD is worth the challenge and therefore is ripe? Or do you think the results are hype?

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