Citrix Systems, Inc. announced the results of the Citrix Bring-Your-Own (BYO) Index revealing that 92 percent of IT organizations are aware that employees are using their own devices in the workplace and 94 percent intend to have a formal BYO policy in place by mid-2013, up from 44 percent today. The research found that attracting and retaining the highest quality talent, increased worker productivity and mobility and greater employee satisfaction, as well as reducing IT costs, are the primary drivers of BYO adoption.
“There are two reasons that BYO is being embraced within organizations,” stated Mick Hollison, vice president, Desktop Marketing & Strategy, for Citrix. “There are those that are using BYO to keep up with the rapid consumerization of enterprise IT and then there are forward-thinking CIOs who have embraced BYO as a way to attract the best talent, encourage a flexible working environment and raise productivity levels.”
Desktop Virtualization is a Key Enabler
62 percent of surveyed organizations indicated that they have already invested or plan to invest in desktop virtualization, technology that allows organizations to manage Windows-based desktops centrally in the datacenter, then deliver them to all types of users across the enterprise. 80 percent of those organizations intend to leverage their desktop virtualization investment to support employee-owned devices and BYO. This trend is driven by the fact that desktop virtualization addresses the two key challenges cited by survey participants – security and device management.
By enabling IT to centrally manage and secure desktops, applications, and data in the datacenter, business information is always secure. Even when data is stored on the end point device, IT has the ability to remotely erase data in the event the device is lost or stolen. Desktop virtualization makes it possible for IT to deliver desktops and apps straight from the datacenter to any device, making device management radically simpler.
“Desktop virtualization enables IT to fundamentally rethink the way user hardware is provisioned by making a reliance on a limited number of corporate-standard PCs, laptops and smartphones a thing of the past,” stated Hollison. “It also provides a safe way of delivering a desktop to any employee, on any device, wherever they are, with the a consistent high definition user experience.”
Evolution of Devices will be a Driver
The survey also revealed that the types of devices used by workers will continue to evolve in the coming years. The most popular devices brought into the workplace today are the laptop and smartphone. However, most companies anticipate that within two years, the use of tablet computers as the primary personal computing device will rise significantly to almost 23 percent from just 8 percent today. IT decision-makers also believe they will need to manage a wide range of tablet platforms by 2013 including Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows. Desktop virtualization technologies will make it possible for IT to support this growing device diversity with a universal way to deliver desktops and apps from the datacenter.