More and more evidence is piling up about the light speed growth of BYOD in the workplace. Gartner, a research firm, just released their annual BYOD report with a bunch of interesting findings. According to Gartner, 38% of companies plan to stop providing employees with mobile devices by 2017, signaling a major tipping point for BYOD. It’s a trend that goes hand in hand with the consumerization of IT. People will work using all the tools they have available to them on their personal phones. A couple of excerpts from the report are below – you can purchase the full report here.
“BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades,” said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a release. “The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”
Gartner believes that while BYOD is occurring in companies and governments of all sizes, it is most prevalent in midsize and large organizations ($500 million to $5 billion in revenue, with 2,500 to 5,000 employees). BYOD also permits smaller companies to go mobile without a huge device and service investment. Adoption varies widely across the globe. Companies in the US are twice as likely to allow BYOD as those in Europe, where BYOD has the lowest adoption of all the regions. In contrast, employees in India, China and Brazil are most likely to be using a personal device, typically a standard mobile phone, at work.
Left: John Hickey – Mobile Program Manager for DISA
The Defense Department is taking broad steps to revamp its mobile workforce policies. The agency is increasing resources for the mobility arm of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and is committed to figuring out how mobile technology can take its efforts to the next level. This development, along with more information illuminating the changing role of mobile technology in government is outlined in a recent Fed Tech article.
With so many people working primarily in the field, the Defense Department is in many ways, a perfect candidate for mobile overhaul.
John Hickey, program manager for mobility at the DISA, stands behind the idea that “as we shift to a more mobile workforce, just about everyone will be mobile, regardless of rank, role or mission.” While arming soldiers in combat with better mobile technology is certainly part of the plan, the idea extends beyond the battlefield. Hickey intends to have all employees, including those stateside, working on tablets and smartphones to support the organization. John Hale, DISA’s chief of enterprise applications, explains that for these employees stateside, his organization is also focused on promoting telework and expanding mobility range to as many employees as possible.
The Fed Tech article also goes into the mobile practices of other federal agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which currently supports over 3500 mobile workers in 280 locations.
Read the full article HERE
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It may not be easy to imagine our elected officials opting to telecommute from home, but it could be reality in the near future. Governments are starting to notice the way mobile technology empowers workforces to get their jobs done from anywhere. In cities, states and countries around the world, bureaucrats and officials are becoming part of the post-PC mobile workforce. While these new arrangements target more than just the digital aspects of remote work, smartphones, GPS tracking, desktop video, and access to cloud files are at the heart of the developments. A recent piece by David Israelson in The Globe and Mail examines Canada’s public sector and the efforts of other governments to harness their employee’s mobile potential.
Although formal regulations are still far and few between, there have been some major steps in that direction:
- In 2010, U.S. Congress passed the telework enhancement act requiring heads of government agencies to establish a policy for employees to network, determine who is eligible, and communicate these policies.
- The British deputy prime minister announced a plan to extend the right to be properly flexible to all employees with children, including those in the public sector.
- Sweden’s Agency for Government Employers set a framework for including flex time provisions in negations over work hours.
Read Israelson’s piece here.