Frank Scavo wears many hats, which pretty much guarantees a worthwhile conversation when you can track him down. Dennis did just that at Workday Rising, where the two of them caught up with the latest research on BYOD policies from Computer Economics (one of Frank’s hats).

The video kicks off with Frank’s overview of the research:

This was a survey, actually, encompassed more than bring your own device or BYOD – we actually surveyed 24 IT management best practices. What we do is once a year, we look at what the best‑run IT organizations have in common and to what extent these best practices are adopted or in practice by those companies. A company could look at this and understand where they stand relative to the rest of the industry.

Some of the key findings Computer Electronics uncovered:

  • 12% fully practicing BYOD policies
  • 25% partially practicing (applies to some workers not all)
  • 18% don’t have policies but are in the process of implementation
  • 32% considering BYOD
  • 13% not doing anything in this area

Another key point Frank emphasizes to Dennis: the numbers can take you so far, but then you have to dig into the individual use cases. So far, Frank is seeing some parallels with desktop virtualization: instead of giving everyone a laptop, provide virtual access to applications from any device.

Dennis’ final thoughts on the BYOD discussion from his diginomica post:

The lesson I picked up from this conversation is that BYOD is moving very quickly and if Frank’s numbers can be extrapolated to the whole population, then it’s not an optional deployment model, it’s happened. That also gives you a flavor of how fast mobile has become a reality inside business given we’ve only been discussing BYOD for the last couple of years.

Show Notes

:54 About the BYOD survey

1:56 Survey findings

3:40 What we’re learning about BYOD policies

5:29 “The numbers can just tell you so much” – individual use cases need examination

5:44 Parallels with desktop virtualization