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Behind Every Great Device Is A Great Network

Stocks in this article: BT CSCO

Trust in employees continues to play a large role in whether companies permit BYOD. Just over a quarter (26 percent) of IT managers think that all workers understand their access requirements or permissions for their mobile devices. This figure has increased from 19 percent in 2012, pointing to an increase in confidence. Yet only 26 percent of employees that use a personal device for work recognize that this presents a risk to company security, suggesting IT managers are nervous with some justification.

Neil Sutton, VP Global Portfolio, BT Global Services, said: "With networks creaking under the demands of smart devices and more than three quarters, (76 percent) of users convinced that their organization needs to step up to the opportunity, it's clear that enabling BYOD in its many forms is about much more than simply cool devices and a mobile contract. Organizations need to consider elements of device compatibility, security, Wi-Fi, network, application performance, with a focus on driving costs down.

"Behind every great device you need a great performing network. With the right control and connectivity you can deliver a great user experience on any device.  At BT we are working with more and more customers to understand and implement this coming of age of consumerization and turn it to business advantage, reliably, securely and cost effectively." 

Gordon Thomson, Director, Enterprise Networks, EMEAR, Cisco, said: "We implemented a BYOD model internally, starting with mobile phones in 2009, and have managed to lower our costs per employee by 25 percent. Over the last few years, we have added 82 percent more devices to our base with 28 percent more users. Organizations looking to deploy a BYOD program should look at a comprehensive BYOD plan and think beyond just the device and operating system, but about the services delivered to that device, user experience and productivity gains."

Adrian Drury, practice leader, Consumer Impact IT, Ovum said: "The growth in employee smartphone and tablet ownership is changing the ways we work. Implementing a BYOD policy is about enabling employees to work more flexibly, and be more productive.

"Draconian Wi-Fi access limitations or failure to invest in sufficient Wi-Fi coverage is a fast way to ensure a poor employee experience. However, this is not a mandate for open networks. Businesses still need to ensure that network security policies are maintained, and ideally they should take an integrated approach to network access control, device management and application management."

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