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Survey: U.S. falls behind on user-centered BYOD

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 14, 2013
Singapore leads the way in allowing users to own an untethered mobile device, according to a survey of 1,500 users in 10 countries by Dell; U.S. corporations lead on using VDI to control data on those devices.

Typically, companies with BYOD policies focus on specific mobile phones, tablets and their OSes, attempting to add each new model into their mobile device management schemes. Instead, a more effective approach is to control data access through digital rights -- regardless of the hardware, according to Carol Fawcett, CIO of Dell Software Group.

"Instead of worrying about their devices, we focused on enabling access to the apps and data needed by the appropriate individuals regardless of device," she said in a statement. "We found this approach allowed us to be much more strategic and enabled us to focus on our biggest BYOD problems; security, access rights and data leakage.

"This includes using an active directory-type system database to understand who these employees are and then provision the devices accordingly," Fawcett said.

BYOD is resulting in increased complexity (Source: Dell Software)

Six in ten organizations (59%) indicated that without BYOD they think they could get left behind - this figure is largely made up of those who are already benefitting from BYOD, and is highest in Italy and the USA (both 72%) and lowest in Germany (39%) - the country also least likely to manage users over devices.

On average, Dell survey respondents identified four personal gains for their employees, including more flexible working hours, the ability to foster creativity, speediedr innovation, and better teamwork/collaboration.


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