Getting with the Times: Mobile Millennials Forcing Companies to Change Their Minds About BYOD

That virtually every company in Canada will eventually have some sort of bring-your-own-device policy surrounding mobile gadgets seems no longer to be an "if," but rather a "when."

The inevitability of BYOD in the workplace is reinforced by a recent IDC survey commissioned by Samsung Electronics Canada, which found that technology trends such as BYOD are driving significant change for chief information officers in businesses across Canada.

Of the CIOs surveyed, 58% said the number of mobile workers at their company has increased and that 68% of these workers use tablets in addition to mobile phones.

From the study:

BYOD is quickly becoming the new norm for companies across Canada with 53% of CIOs open to employees bringing their own devices to work. When asked why CIOs have a bring their own device policy, 51% responded saying it was to appeal to young workers which will make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2028. While security still remains a core component, CIOs are being driven by workplace trends to help future-proof their organization.

The key takeaway from that bit is "future-proof": in 2014, companies rejecting the notion of BYOD are already considered relics of the past by many young and up-and-coming workers.

“The CIO role is shifting from a concentrated focus on managing and protecting centralized back office IT resources to driving employee productivity and empowerment," aid Warren Shiau, Director, Buyer Behaviour Research Practice, IDC Canada.

The survey reveals that 55% of CIOs are actually adjusting their IT policies based on employee feedback and beginning to recognize the value of these insights in helping to create a more empowered workforce.

IDC Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC Canada is part of a network of over 1000 analysts providing global, regional, and local expertise on technology, industry opportunities and trends with more analysts dedicated to... more

Samsung Research Canada
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

DISCOVERY STARTS HERE Since early 2013, the Samsung Research Canada Enterprise Lab in Burnaby, B.C. has focused on B2B Enterprise cloud based services and applications. We are continuing to work collaboratively as part of the global Samsung Research community on projects including Samsung KNOX and Samsung Pay, among other initiatives. Beyond our expertise in SW development our teams are known... more

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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