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BYOD continues to be a thriving trend in the workplace, with the majority of companies allowing employees to bring in their own devices. And now wearable devices and IoT are being thrown into the mix, making the concept more complex but also allowing for more device flexibility among organizations.

Find out the latest trends in BYOD, wearables and IoT in the enterprise in Tech Pro Research's research report, BYOD, Wearables and IoT: Strategies, Security, Satisfaction, where 206 respondents shared their input on the topic.

Topics covered in the report include:

  • Satisfaction and dissatifaction levels with BYOD, wearables and IoT in the enterprise
  • How to manage security risks
  • Strategies to incorporate IoT and wearables into BYOD plans
  • Who is using BYOD, IoT and wearables in the enterprise

Download the full research Tech Pro Research report - BYOD, Wearables and IoT: Strategies, Security, Satisfaction.

Benefits of BYOD

Tech Pro Research has monitored the BYOD and wearables trend in the enterprise since early 2013, conducting several research studies to have data to compare back to previous years.

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The newest survey and resulting research report, BYOD, Wearables and IoT: Strategies, Security, Satisfaction, shows that BYOD is in use at 59% of organizations with another 13% planning to allow it. BYOD is most common in the manufacturing and education sectors, and there are more small companies, with 50 or fewer employees, allowing it when compared to larger organizations.

This represents roughly the same figures as last year's survey, showing that BYOD is a solid process but has not seen much change in twelve months. Compare this to 2013, however, when a smaller number of companies - 62% - were permitting the use of BYOD or planning to do so

The research report revealed that there are several potential benefits to allowing BYOD, such as lowered equipment and service plan costs and reduced device support, not to mention how employees are often more content to use devices they're familiar with and have some flexibility in their equipment choices.

Throwing in new concepts such as wearable devices, including the ever-popular fitness trackers and smartwatches, as well as IoT (Internet of Things) devices, has the potential to change the BYOD trend by diversifying it and adding a new layer of complexity. There is a definite possibility of adding value to business, but there is risk as well if IoT devices are not managed properly

Companies allowing wearable devices

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As Scott Matteson wrote in the Tech Pro Research report, "Wearables is still a slowly-building industry yet here we see that nearly half of survey respondents are either using, in the midst of implementing, or planning to implement them in the next year.

While the majority of respondents, at 52%, say they have no interest or plans to use wearables, the active use of wearables has increased from 7% to 12% during the past year, and more companies are planning to use them. Last year, 71% said they had no interest, so the 52% stating no interest this year is a definite drop, as curiosity increases.

The survey found that wearables are in use at 24% of organizations with another 23% planning to allow them. The three most common wearables being used or considered are smart watches, sensors/monitors and headgear.

IoT growing in popularity

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IoT devices are being used or implemented for use in 32% of respondent organizations and planned at another 35%. Surveillance equipment, RFID chips/tags and building controls were the three most common uses for IoT devices.

To find out more about how organizations are using BYOD, wearables and IoT in the workplace, download the full Tech Pro Research report, BYOD, Wearables and IoT: Strategies, Security, Satisfaction.