SMBs Embrace BYOD in Greater Numbers in 2014

Kim Mays
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Five Predictions for the Connected Enterprise in 2014

A new IDC study titled “U.S. 2014 SMB Corporate-Owned and BYOD Mobile Device Survey” confirmed that small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are now the driving force behind the rise in BYOD adoptions. The study predicts that BYOD will continue its strong presence in the workplace, with SMBs leading the way.

IDC Analyst Chris Chute, who co-authored the study, also sees SMBs introducing good BYOD management programs in a short amount of time:

“Small businesses have seen the most growth in BYOD device uptake and have responded by implementing policies that govern how those devices are used. This is a marked change from only a year ago when close to half of small firms cited having a zero-access BYOD stance. Now, with the availability of hosted software and easy-to-implement mobile solutions, SMB IT managers feel much more comfortable allowing personal devices access to internal IT resources.”

Implementing successful BYOD programs will be key to building strong unified communications plans for any business since it seems that personal device usage in the workplace is here to stay. According to a post at Cloud Tweaks:

Given that BYOD has shown no signs of slowing down, it is certain that more SMBs – not to mention major enterprises – will both have and need to manage personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This is especially true given that a new wave of devices is already on the horizon – wearables.

Wearables are the new, up-and-coming form of personal devices that have yet to really take off as well as tablets and smartphones. But in the coming year, we’re sure to see more of these types of devices included in the BYOD initiatives that many businesses are attempting to manage.

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Feb 25, 2014 2:43 AM Adam Adam  says:
BYOD will continue growing as mobile devices (and soon wearables) continue to play a greater role in our lives. Does BYOD come with headaches? Of course it does. However, security issues and IT management headaches (how do I support all those devices?) can be addressed by using new HTML5 technologies that enable users to connect to applications and systems without requiring IT staff to install anything on user devices. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. This enhances security by keeping applications and data separate from personal devices. Since AccessNow doesn't require any software installation on the end user device – just an HTML5 browser - IT staff end up with less support hassles. The volunteer or temporary employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin. Visit for more info. Please note that I work for Ericom Reply
Mar 2, 2014 8:32 PM almageorge625 almageorge625  says:
"Small businesses have seen the most growth in BYOD device uptake and have responded by implementing policies that govern how those devices are used," - IDC analyst Chris Chute. It's about time someone wrote about BYOD from a SMB point of view. BYOD is a real challenge for anyone and especiall for resource limited small businesses, but there are cost effective options out there. An example is our small healthcare facility put a BYOD policy in place to use for HIPAA complient text messaging which have a very low cost, yet took care of a specific BYOD security issue and allowed use to achieve a nice productivity gain and a good ROI on the program. I think this will be the way many SMB's will aproach BYOD, small cost effective and targeted applications and software to deal with the most important needs vs. large complete and expensive systems. Reply

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