By Maximilian Clarke

Bring-your-own-device programmes can boost companies’ efficiency, saving them money at the same time as enhancing employee satisfaction, a report finds.

Good Technology, providers of managed enterprise mobility services for iPhone, and Android, today (Monday) released new data detailing a rise in "bring your own device" (BYOD) programs globally, across a wide array of industries.

The rise in popularity and proliferation of smartphones and tablets has driven the "Consumerization of IT" wherein employees are requesting use of their personal, mobile devices for professional functions. As a result, IT departments are developing policies to allow employees to use their own devices to access confidential enterprise data and information. Good Technology surveyed its clients to determine how they adapt policies in support of employee mobility.

Other findings from the report include:

Highly Regulated Industries Embrace BYOD: Large companies from the finance/insurance and healthcare industries dominate the overall BYOD picture, with retail/wholesale and government less likely to support BYOD.

Big Companies Get BYOD: 80 percent of those supporting BYOD have over 2,000 employees; 60 percent have over 5,000 employees; and 35 percent have over 10,000 employees.

Employees Are Willing to Pay for Personal Choice: 50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs, and their users are taking them up on the offer; 45 percent provide their employees with a stipend or "expense back" options to help subsidize the cost of their mobile device or service plan.

Offering BYOD Stipend Increases: Companies that offer BYOD stipends have the highest rate of employees using mobile devices when compared to companies that require employees cover all BYOD costs themselves, or allow for expense-back of service plan costs, but limit to users with management pre-approval.

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