A rapidly evolving device ecosystem with a seemingly endless combination of formats (smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, phablets, notebooks, laptops and smart cars, for example) has brought with it a number of security, legal and regulatory concerns, and left many organizations questioning if they should allow employees to use personal devices at work.
In 2015, Cognizant surveyed 15-plus global companies across industries, including life-sciences, retail, manufacturing and technology, with revenues over two billion. The results of the survey revealed important takeaways on BYOD adoption and associated policies. For example, only five of the companies surveyed had well-defined BYOD guidelines for all device formats (e.g., mobile, tablets and laptops) and user types (e.g., employees and contingent workers). BYOD programs were predominantly focused on mobile devices (only two companies allowed BYO laptops/tablets); contingent workers who were not on payroll were largely excluded from the program.