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Fewer than a third of firms have changed their BYOD policies

However, 88 percent of employees say they use a personal device for work

Despite 88 percent of employees saying they use their own device for work, less than a third (32 percent) of firms have changed their policies on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) says Avanade.

Research of more than 600 senior business and IT leaders across 17 countries by the business technology solutions and managed services provider revealed just 20 percent of managers believe allowing personal technology in the workplace will benefit recruitment and retention efforts

When asked about the impact of personal computing technologies on company culture, 58 percent said the greatest benefit was the ability for their employees to work from anywhere, followed by 42 percent that said it meant staff would be more willing to work after hours.

"For business leaders, the consumerisation of IT has less to do with the worker and more to do with the way employees work," said Tyson Hartman, Avanade's global chief technology officer.

"Our research shows that productivity and anywhere access are rated significantly higher by executives over improved employee morale or providing greater responsibilities to younger employees."

The research also revealed the most popular consumer-owned devices being used in the workplace are Google Android smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones and Apple laptops.

Furthermore, Avanade's research revealed a major shift in the way employees are using their personal technologies in the enterprise. Checking email or Facebook have now been replaced with customer relationship management, cited by 45 percent. Meanwhile, time and expense tracking applications came second with 44 percent and enterprise resource planning was named third with 38 percent.

On average, companies are allocating 25 percent of their overall IT budgets to manage the consumerisation of IT and 60 percent said they are adapting their IT infrastructure to accommodate employee's personal technologies

"Progressive CIOs and IT organisations have moved from gatekeepers of consumer technology to enablers of these innovative devices, applications and services to meet employee needs and demands," said Hartman.

"The consumerisation of IT provides companies with an opportunity to transform the role of IT from a function focused on mitigating risk into a strategic enabler that leverages the breadth of today's powerful consumer technologies to drive business results."


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