Where do you stand on BYOD?

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model is gaining popularity and grabbing attention in Australia, as a quick review of news and research in the last month demonstrates. For example:

IDC’s recent research into the adoption of BYOD in Australia and New Zealand reveals that “CIO and IT decision makers are feeling the pressure to transform and conform to the top-down push by executives and bottom up demand from the general employees to support consumer technologies such as media tablets and smartphones.

According to IDC, over 23% of Australia and New Zealand organisations already have some form of BYOD strategy in place, with a further 27% piloting over the next 18 months.

ZDNet reported in March that around 10 per cent of SAP’s 680 staff across Australia and New Zealand had so far taken up the BYOD option, with the most interest coming from new Generation Y hires. And in a CIO magazine, ING Direct’s CIO commented that they are also rolling out a new workplace IT environment that includes support for BYOD.

The BYOD trend is even reaching the government sector, with Government News looking at the issues facing public sector CIOs. Of course, the path has been cleared a little by Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) who have at least certified the use of government owned iPhones and iPads for classified Australian government communications.

But not everyone is moving positively to engage with BYOD – like Westpac’s CIO who was quoted in the AFR as saying that there is no immediate imperative.

So where do you stand on BYOD? Learn more about BYOD and discuss this topic on the 17th May with Dion Hinchcliffe, as part of his Social Business by Design book launch tour to Australia.