Top BYOD Trends for 2018

14 November 2017 | Posted by Josh Bouk

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has become common in enterprise organizations, without ever quite becoming universal. However, 2018 is looking like it could be a transformative year for BYOD, not least thanks to these top 4 BYOD trends for 2018 and beyond.

Rapid Growth

One thing’s certain: BYOD looks set to continue with its exponential growth in popularity in 2018.

Research conducted by Markets and Markets predicts that the adoption rate of BYOD policies among North American businesses will reach 50% by the end of 2017. A 2017 study by Cisco is in a similar vein, finding that 69% of IT decision makers were in favor of BYOD. What’s more, according to Markets and Markets, the BYOD & Enterprise Mobility Market will be worth an eye-watering $73.30 billion by 2021.

Everywhere you look, BYOD is being tipped as the area of telecoms most likely to skyrocket in 2018. In light of such promising figures, could 2018 be the year BYOD truly “goes mainstream” and the beginning of a global movement towards adoption?

At the very least, its likely BYOD will be at the top of many IT managers' to-do list come January 1st.

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Improved Security

If 2017 goes down in the annals as the year everyone got hacked, with cyber-attacks hitting companies around the world, perhaps 2018 will be remembered as the year we all got a little smarter about cyber-security. For BYOD at least, security looks likely to improve further in the year ahead.

There are three reasons for this: firstly, BYOD policy compliance tools are improving all the time and becoming more widely adopted. By incentivizing employees to stay “on-policy” and use their devices responsibly, these tools are helping to combat many of the user behaviors that lead to security breaches.

Secondly, BYOD policies themselves are becoming more robust. As BYOD becomes more commonplace, organizations are: a) learning from their mistakes and b) building up a base of knowledge about where the greatest security risks in BYOD come from and tailoring their policies accordingly.

Finally, wider changes in technology look to make BYOD more secure. Leading security firms are beginning to look to AI and machine learning to uncover undetected malware and counter new threats. This technology is becoming more readily available to IT departments all the time. So, it’s not hard to imagine 2018 being the year that ushers in levels of BYOD security that we could only dream of just a couple of years ago.

Further Diversification

Once the preserve of office-based jobs, BYOD has begun to creep into industries as diverse as healthcare, education and manufacturing. BYOD is incredibly flexible by its nature, and, any workplace that uses devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets could potentially benefit from its adoption.

Many industries, such as manufacturing, are realizing that if they want to attract the talent of today and tomorrow, their IT policies need to change to suit the tech-savvy outlook of millennials. As CIO put it, “If you hope to attract GenY technology professionals, your IT strategy better include a bring-your-own-device plan that plays to the strengths of this tech-dependent generation”.

Millennials are predicted to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025, and with baby boomers retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day, the trend of catering to generation Y’s working practices is only likely to increase. This means more sectors embracing remote working, Bring Your Own Network policies (BYON), and BYOD.

Managed Costs Through Cloud-Based Support

The cost of BYOD programs has always been significantly less than enterprise-owned device networks, but BYOD looks set to become more cost-effective still in 2018.

Increasingly, providers are offering BYOD support and services through the cloud. This gives organizations scalable solutions that don’t come with the added costs of additional hardware or managing extra security. Cloud-based services can also simplify management and maintenance for enterprise IT, providing some welcome relief to IT managers.

Another idea gaining traction is tethering BYOD to the corporate cloud to provide better data storage for remote workers. The premise behind this is simple: firstly, employees gain access to storage space beyond the restrictions of their individual devices. Secondly, use of the cloud for BYOD gives sensitive business data an extra layer of security through the cloud’s own defenses. Again, this looks to help organizations save on costs for security and maintaining their own data centers.

BYOD Goes Global

BYOD is already a global phenomenon to some extent, being well established in the US and Europe, but 2018 could well be the year that it spreads beyond early-adopters in APAC and LATAM countries. The Asia-Pacific BYOD market is expected to expand to $66.84 billion by 2019, more than quadrupling in size from $13.54 billion in 2013. Meanwhile, in Latin America, the BYOD market is predicted to rise to $15.5 billion by 2019 - a growth of $11 million since 2014. This rise in BYOD adoption is being driven by two things: multinationals extending their BYOD programs to employees in emerging markets, and the proliferation, and growing demand for, connected technology for increasingly mobile workforces in Asia and Latin America. 

All in all, 2018 looks like it could be a big year for BYOD adoption. As security improves, technology advances, and demand grows among employees, a growing number of organizations are coming around to the idea of BYOD as the best option for enterprise device management. If you're one of those organizations, and feel ready to embrace BYOD, a great place to start is with your enterprise BYOD policy. Our downloadable guide can help your organization get started in 8 simple steps. 

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