The party trends changed with the advent of bring your own booze(BYOB) and now the working trend is set to change with bring your own device. Bringing your own stuff has become an accepted notion with the next generation of workers. BYOD is making significant inroads in the business world, with about 75% of employees in high growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets already using their own technology at work. Although India hasn’t really got used to the new trend but, we are surely catching up.

About 50 percent of the organizations in India would adopt BYOD as a strategy by 2017, asserts Sajan Paul, Director, Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices — and, increasingly, notebook PCs to access enterprise data and systems. Wikipedia tells us that, the term BYOD was mentioned in a paper by Ballagas et al., at UBICOMP 2004. BYOD first entered in 2009, courtesy of Intel when it recognized an increasing tendency among its employees to bring their own devices to work and connect them to the corporate network. However, it took until early 2011 before the term achieved any real prominence when IT services provider Unisys and software vendors VMware and Citrix Systems started to share their perceptions of this emergent trend.

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With more than a handful of Twitter handles and Facebook pages dedicated to the phenomenon it is significantly becoming a rage and it has its reasons for it too-
Increased productivity: Employees tend to keep their personal devices up to date, which means that the office work is in the latest formats with cutting-edge technology to support it. They are also more adept in using their own devices so the work gets done in a faster and abler manner.

Cost Savings: Costs of hardware purchase and installation comes down tremendously when employees get their own device to the workplace. However, a company needs to device a BYOD policy for its security of both company data and to enable company sanctioned security tools on the device. A lack of privacy policy may lead to several breaches.

Mobility: Most of the BYOD are smartphones and tablets which are relatively easier to carry than a laptop. Hence, it gives an enterprise more mobility and with it comes higher growth rate and revenue. Work gets done quicker!

Market leaders namely, IBM and CISCO have invested in managing and controlling strategies for BYOD networks, which companies are rapidly adopting. Hopefully, this innovative trend is here to stay for long!

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