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BYOD trend hampered as IT department won't support most popular devices

IT pros prefer BlackBerry's while consumers favour Apple and Android

Brits hoping to join the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend may run into problems as IT departments are unlikely to support the most popular gadgets, says Star.

According to the cloud services expert, record numbers of UK workers are returning after the festive period with devices that would like to use in the office, with Apple's iPhone named by 69 percent as they gadget they plan on showing off at work. Next most-popular was Apple's tablet PC, the iPad, with 64 percent, while Google Android smartphones were named by 29 percent and Google Android tablets by 21 percent.

However, more than half (54 percent) of IT departments said BlackBerry's are the most easiest to integrate into corporate networks, making them the most welcome device in the office. Less than half (48 percent) of IT professionals said they welcomed Apple's smartphone, while just 45 percent were happy to integrated Apple iPads on the corporate network.

Android feared even worse, with less than a quarter (24 percent) saying smartphone's running Google's OS were welcomed in the office environment.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of technical staff admitted it's increasingly difficult to manage the demands of users who want to use their own equipment at work, indicating a reluctance to embrace the consumer tech rebellion. Furthermore, just a quarter of workplaces surveyed said they allow more than a tenth of workers to use their own devices for work.

Star warned firms that unless they find a way to embrace the BYOD trend, dissatisfaction will rise and cause yet more tension in the workplace.

"It is clear that the consumer trends in technology will be one of the biggest factors in 2012 that drive UK companies to rethink their IT," the firm said.

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