Dell Survey: 56% Say BYOD Changed Company IT Culture; Carol Fawcett Comments

DellLogoMore than half of respondents to a Dell survey of information technology executives said allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices to work changed their company’s IT culture and business culture.

The company said 56 percent of respondents said BYOD changed IT culture and 54 percent changed business culture.

Seventy-percent said they believe BYOD could improve work processes and 59 percent said they believe their companies would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.

More than 1,500 IT decision makers in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Singapore, India and China responded to the survey.

Carol Fawcett, chief information officer of Dell’s software group and formerly CIO at Quest Software, said Quest led nearly 4,000 employees across 60 offices in 23 countries use their preferred mobile devices.

“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. “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.”

Dell said nearly three-fourths of respondents said they need to understand specific needs and rights for each user before implementing BYOD.

At the same time, only 17 percent of organizations polled encourage BYOD and manage any device employees wish to use.

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