Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Consumer devices in the workplace increase productivity

Devices originally designed for the consumer market such as iPads, are increasingly finding their way into mainstream corporate use. A recent article in the Financial Times quotes Oliver Bussman, SAP’s chief information officer as saying ”The consumerisation of IT is a corporate reality.”

SAP has recently deployed 18,000 iPads in the company but they also deployed Samsung’s Galaxy Note and both iPhones and Galaxy smartphones as part of a ‘choose your own device’ (CYOD) rather than a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy. SAP supports 10 different CYOD devices. 

Intel by contrast has embraced a BYOD approach. Kim Stevenson, CIO at Intel is quoted as saying employees want to use their own handsets not just for voice calls but for data, email and other functions. Intel calculates that employees using their own devices makes them more productive and saves up to 50 minutes a day or $177m of productivity gains this year.

The use of consumer devices for work does appear to be a growing reality. According to a 2011 survey by IDC 95% of the workers who responded, have used technology they purchased themselves for work. 

Whilst we may not welcome it personally, constantly connected workers using BYOD or CYOD consumer devices does appear to be a trend in the modern workplace.