BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) isn’t just media hype anymore, it’s a reality in U.S. enterprises today. A new Cisco study of 600 IT professionals found that 95 percent of organizations now permit employee owned devices in their environments.
While BYOD may add some additional complexity to a network in terms of security policy, 76 percent of the respondents said that BYOD is a positive move for their enterprises. The ability for employees to choose their own devices leads to improved productivity and greater job satisfaction, according to Cisco.
Cisco is also attaching a dollar figure to what BYOD can deliver. In Cisco’s estimates, the positive annual impact of BYOD is anywhere from $300 to $1,300 per employee.
In a webcast discussing the survey results, Cisco CIO, Rebecca Jacoby noted that internally Cisco has been very welcoming to the BYOD trend for Cisco employees.
“Many in the industry think that the concept of BYOD is counter to business, due to risks, costs and operating complexity,” Jacoby said. “But we’ve proven that you give users an experience their way, that doesn’t compromise the business at all.”