Year of the BYOD Mandate?
Two years ago, VMware made an aggressive move with BYOD by requiring all 6,000 employees in the United States to use personal smartphones for work. Last summer, a Gartner survey of CIOs showed mandatory BYOD gaining steam, prompting Gartner to predict that half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes by 2017. Then the call for mandatory BYOD quieted down in the latter part of last year.
So will we hear the mandatory BYOD chatter starting up again in 2014? As BYOD becomes the new normal, we're predicting a few more companies will put the onus on employees to buy and use their own smartphones for work as a condition of employment.