BYOD Global Outlook

Wondering how BYOD is progressing in different countries? According to a Gartner Survey, India is likely to become the third-largest adopter of personal devices at the workplace in 2013, joining the US, Brazil and China in the top 4. Globally, BYOD adoption varies widely. European countries have the lowest adoption rates, and are only half as likely as US companies to permit BYOD.

Among leading nations, rates of employees using mobile devices in the workplace is a slightly more even. A 2012 Cisco study, surveying 5,000 companies in 18 countries, showed promising mobile workforce adoption across the board globally. In total, 47% of employees in the companies surveyed were officially designated "mobile workers," while 60% use a mobile device for work. Here is a breakdown by country.

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The graph below charts the top reasons cited by BYOD employees worldwide for using their own devices. The leading reason is a desire to work any time from anywhere.

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Finally, we have the number of connected devices per knowledge worker. As you can see, we're in the middle of a rapid growth period. The mobile workforce is multiplying!

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