Getting with the Times: Mobile Millennials Forcing Companies to Change Their Minds About BYOD

That virtually every company in Canada will eventually have some sort of bring-your-own-device policy surrounding mobile gadgets seems no longer to be an “if,” but rather a “when.”

The inevitability of BYOD in the workplace is reinforced by a recent IDC survey commissioned by Samsung Electronics Canada, which found that technology trends such as BYOD are driving significant change for chief information officers in businesses across Canada.

Of the CIOs surveyed, 58% said the number of mobile workers at their company has increased and that 68% of these workers use tablets in addition to mobile phones.

From the study:

BYOD is quickly becoming the new norm for companies across Canada with 53% of CIOs open to employees bringing their own devices to work. When asked why CIOs have a bring their own device policy, 51% responded saying it was to appeal to young workers which will make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2028. While security still remains a core component, CIOs are being driven by workplace trends to help future-proof their organization.

The key takeaway from that bit is “future-proof”: in 2014, companies rejecting the notion of BYOD are already considered relics of the past by many young and up-and-coming workers.

“The CIO role is shifting from a concentrated focus on managing and protecting centralized back office IT resources to driving employee productivity and empowerment,” aid Warren Shiau, Director, Buyer Behaviour Research Practice, IDC Canada.

The survey reveals that 55% of CIOs are actually adjusting their IT policies based on employee feedback and beginning to recognize the value of these insights in helping to create a more empowered workforce.

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