BYOD skyrockets in popularity for 2013 Here are the stats to prove it

Throughout 2013, there was certainly no shortage of the use of the acronym, BYOD.  With a surge of different smart devices hitting the market and becoming quite popular with consumers, Bring Your Own Device has been a difficult train to stop, let alone slow down.

According to research firm Gartner, The rise of bring your own device (BYOD) programs is the single most radical shift in the economics of client computing for business since PCs invaded the workplace.

Wow the single most radical shift!  Pretty bold words.  Gartner also said every business needs a clearly articulated position on BYOD, even if it chooses not to allow for it.

So as we head into 2014, it doesnt sound like this thing is going to go away but rather, increase!  Maybe it’s time to get on board if you already haven’t.  And if you want to impress your co-workers, why not try throwing some of these below stats around on your Twitter feed or at the holiday party if you want to become part of the story and show others that you are “in the know” with where this phenomena is headed.

10 really interesting BYOD stats:

  • 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018 – Gartner
  • Across the United States, the professions with the highest rates of personal smartphone use at work are in education (95%) and tech (90%). The profession with the lowest rate is retail. New York Post
  • 51% connect to unsecured wireless networks with their smartphone. Cisco
  • Security is biggest BYOD objection worldwide: it’s viewed as the #1 BYOD concern in the USA, Germany, South Korea and Australia readwrite and Intel
  • 49% of U.S. IT managers “Strongly Agree that BYOD Improves Worker Productivity”. readwrite and Intel
  • It’s clear that BYOD saves a company from the outset, as they no longer need to spend money on employee devices. Employees will willingly spend an average of $965 on their devices and $734 on internet data plans.  CloudTweaks
  • Analysts have forecasted that, by 2016, worldwide shipments of smartphones will reach 480 million, with 65% being used in bring-your-own device environments. Analyst firm IDC
  • By 2015 the number of mobile devices will have grown to over 2 billion worldwide, a 300% increase from 2009.-ABI Research
  • 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016.—Gartner
  • 53% of information users use their own personal devices for work; install unsupported software; or use unsupported Internet based services like Dropbox, Skype, Twitter, or Facebook to help them do their jobs.—Forrester

We even got involved, asking our own followers to answer a few questions.  We collected some interesting data along the way and also created this cool BYOD Infographic to discuss the numbers.

So whats coming down the pike for 2014?  Find out what to watch for in 2014 in this VDI and Cloud Prediction post.