UK consumers spend more on BYOD than on tea and coffee
London, UK 4th March 2014:LANDESK, the global leader in delivering User-Oriented IT solutions solving systems, assets, security, mobility and IT service management challenges, today announces research which highlights that UK workers are spending more than double on IT devices than they are on tea and coffee each year.
(Media-Newswire.com) - London, UK 4th March 2014:LANDESK, the global leader in delivering User-Oriented IT solutions solving systems, assets, security, mobility and IT service management challenges, today announces research which highlights that UK workers are spending more than double on IT devices than they are on tea and coffee each year. With 83% of organisations permitting BYOD and 39% of employees purchasing their own device for work purposes, BYOD is helping to save the average company* £150,265 over five years.
“BYOD is very mature today and extremely popular amongst consumers,” says Nigel Seddon, Area Director at LANDESK. “Over a third of workers have purchased a device for work, and almost a third of these have spent at least £500 over the last five years on their devices. Compared to the average yearly spend of £97.12 on tea and coffee, having technology for work and play is as essential to many as food and drink is.
“This clearly saves IT departments a great deal. However, they need to ensure that they have visibility of these devices and can support them cost-effectively without compromising security, but there are clear financial benefits to be considered.”
The research was conducted across 1,000 office workers in the UK and exposed how device proliferation has, and is, changing employee personal and professional lives. Of the 39% of workers that had purchased a personal IT device for work, laptops and smartphones ( 33%, 30% respectively ) were the most popular. The IT environment is evolving so much so that 13% of employees were part of a ‘Choose Your Own Device’ approach.
Donna Dawson, Psychologist comments “Bringing your own smartphone or tablet to work is ultimately about having more control in the workplace: a device that you have chosen yourself, which you feel comfortable using, and with the right degree of technology to support what you need to do, provides the confidence and skill to do your job to the best of your ability in a competitive environment. It is also about fluidity between work and play – in today’s busy world, where people are working on the move and at different times of the day and night, the ability to be able to switch quickly between work and personal affairs on one device is a vital time-saver. And using one device for both areas of life enables a worker to develop more speed and be more productive, two more advantages that can positively enhance work performance.”
The research also highlighted that organisations are still the main point of responsibility for ensuring the licensing and compliance of these devices, with only 27% of workers admitting personal responsibility, compared to 63% who saw the organisation as responsible. However, the research also revealed that IT security is not being neglected, with only 5% of workers admitting that their device lacked a password, biometric login or visual security pattern.
“Traditionally you would expect smartphones and tablets to be the two main devices being brought in from home so it is interesting to see laptops and desktops on this list as well,” concludes Seddon. “In this day and age organisations should be supported by technology, not shackled by it, to help enable their business goals – and BYOD is a trend which is not going away. However, if the right measures aren’t taken to support the devices being brought into the business, the benefits will quickly become a hindrance and start to make life difficult for both the organisation and the employees.”
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