This trend of Bring Your Own Device has arrived in companies

The Cisco study examined the adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) into business and the way IT departments interact with the new devices in terms of support, network access, and security . According to that, 89 percent of all IT departments allow BYOD in any form, and 69 percent of IT decision-makers perceive BYOD as positive.

As part of the survey, nearly 4,900 IT decision-makers from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA from various industries were interviewed in the first half of 2012.

Higher productivity and employee satisfaction

As the Cisco study has found, BYOD has become a global phenomenon as workers use their own equipment anywhere in the world. Companies benefit from increased productivity and employee satisfaction as well as lower costs. Thanks to BYOD, employees choose their devices and applications themselves and link their private and professional life.

The survey shows that the number of mobile devices per employee will continue to increase until 2014, in all countries surveyed. In Germany, on average, every employee has 1.8 connected devices this year, and by 2014 this figure will average 2.2. As a result, investments in this area are increasing: the share of spending on mobility in Germany will rise from 15 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2014. Globally, the increase will be even greater: from 18 percent in 2012 to 23 percent in 2014.

Missing company policies

The biggest concern of BYOD respondents is meeting safety requirements. These are particularly high in Russia (38 percent), China (36 percent) and France (33 percent). In Germany, 25 percent of all interviewed IT decision makers have security concerns. Businesses need to respond with improved mobile device policies and cost-cutting strategies.

There is still a lot to do in this area for both large and medium-sized companies. The Cisco study shows that only 50 percent of large companies and 41 percent of mid-sized businesses have established policies for network access of workers with their mobile devices in their business. In less than half (47 percent) of all companies there are regulations for the transfer of corporate data.

Fulfill the basic requirement of BYOD

To help businesses meet the demands of the BYOD trend, Cisco offers a holistic approach based on the Borderless Network architecture that goes beyond simply integrating private devices into enterprise infrastructure. This includes a common policy across wired and wireless networks, mobile networks and VPNs using the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE). It is designed to help organizations enforce compliance, optimize infrastructure security, streamline service operations and integrate rules into mobile device management solutions.

Increase quality of collaboration applications

Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software 7.2 enables updates to the wireless LAN infrastructure. This is intended to double the scalability of videos for multicast video. In addition, up to 30,000 devices could be controlled by one controller. These updates are designed to help enhance the quality of collaboration applications such as Cisco Jabber and Cisco Webex through real-time video over Cisco networks. Simplified operational and network management is possible through the introduction of Prime Assurance Manager and Prime Infrastructure.