Telecom Lead America: A Cisco survey said mobility
initiatives will consume 20 percent of IT budgets in 2014, compared to 17
percent in 2012.
The average number of connected devices per knowledge
worker is likely to reach 3.3 by 2014, up from 2.8 in 2012.
95 percent of U.S. enterprises permit employee-owned
devices in some way in the workplace, according to Cisco.
76 percent of IT leaders surveyed categorized BYOD as
somewhat or extremely positive for their companies.
84 percent of respondents not only allow employee-owned
devices, but also provide some level of support.
As the number of devices being brought into work
increases, organizations need a comprehensive mobility strategy. By leveraging
the intelligent network, organizations can now provide their employees with the
benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, ‘work your way,” said
Padmasree Warrior, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Cisco.
36 percent of surveyed enterprises provide full support
for employee-owned devices.
78 percent of U.S. white-collar employees use a mobile
device for work purposes, and 65 percent of white-collar workers require mobile
connectivity to do their jobs.
Employees are turning to BYOD because they want more
control of their work experience.
Employees’ second BYOD priority is the desire to perform
personal activities at work, and work activities during personal time.
69 percent of respondents said that unapproved
applications — especially social networks, cloud-based email, and instant
messaging — are somewhat to much more prevalent today than two years ago.
“Cisco’s findings tally well with the latest BT
research, which found that 82 percent of companies across 11 countries allow
their employees to bring their own devices to work (BYOD), or will do so within
the next two years. This is why BT and Cisco are working together to address
this aspect of the networked IT market covering networking, global Wi-Fi and
security,” said Neil Sutton, vice president Global Portfolio, BT Global