Raza Haider, Executive Director, Dell’s Commercial PC Product Group
We’ve all heard about the rise of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend – the movement of workers bringing their own devices to the workplace (with or without permission), and with that, the additional pressure and stress that is placed on IT departments. As employees celebrated the opportunity to bring their thin and light consumer devices to work and IT cringed at the prospect of managing and securing hundreds of random devices, what we’re seeing now is the trend finally hitting its breaking point. The industry is witnessing the fall of BYOD – an inevitable turn due to the consumerization of devices built for business and offered by employers. And from what we’ve heard in the field – IT departments are not crying about it. Here are the three main reasons why we can continue to expect the decline of the BYOD trend in your own organization and what the future workplace will look like without it:
1. Beautiful devices have hit the desks
Commercial devices have evolved. The once clunky and heavy work-issued laptop has turned into a sleek and appealing device, so now more employees are happy with the PCs that their employers are now providing. Historically, design innovation was all outside of the Windows ecosystem – mainly driven by Apple. However, the PC is not commoditized - it’s actually a very personal device and PC manufacturers have caught on. Today, the latest generation of Windows devices are much further advanced in terms of design innovation, and OEMs have developed commercial PCs with mobile workers in mind. With the addition of beautiful, sleeker and more capable business devices throughout the work ecosystem, there is much less of a drive for employees to bring their own consumer product to the office.
Technology design modernism has finally cascaded into the workplace – where commercial products are now similar in looks, materials, pricing and beyond, as their counterparts in the consumer realm. With these lines blurring, employees are less likely to come to work frustrated and annoyed by the device the company IT department provides on the first day of the job.
While traditionally the commercial device was built to provide peace of mind to IT – satisfying the end user has become an equal if not greater priority. Blame it on the millennial if you’d like – but shiny and new work devices are here to stay.
“With the addition of beautiful, sleeker and more capable business devices throughout the work ecosystem, there is much less of a drive for employees to bring their own consumer product to the office."
2.IT demands have not changed
Even with the evolution of the workplace throughout the years – from office cubes to open floor plan to remote workers to BYOD – IT departments’ priorities remain the same. The foundational focus of security, manageability and reliability are still top of mind for IT decision makers in any size business. Securing data, applications and access is the priority concern for IT – which is made more difficult in organizations supporting BYOD across the enterprise. While bringing a personal device to work might have pleased the employee, it brought greater worry over data breaches and unwarranted access for IT, who were already dealing with strapped budgets and resources. According to Gartner, over 50 percent of workers who use a personal device for work save work-related data on cloud storage and/or a local drive. Therefore, conquering security challenges with the emergence of BYOD has been anything but simple, and the cost savings that were once thought to be associated with trend have proved wrong. In fact, it’s been estimated that the average value of a lost or stolen laptop is $49,000 with 80 percent of that value lost due to data breaches. And to make matters worse, the average amount paid by organizations to remediate a security breach is $5.9 million.
Therefore, with devices that are equipped to deal with the everyday concerns of the workplace taking over the commercial arena – IT is keen to keep only these company-issued devices in the hands of as many employees as possible. To IT departments’ liking, it’s clear that BYOD is on a downward slope. “According to IDC, only 1.4 percent of organizations consider BYOD a top three budget priority in 2016. Equally supportive of this trend, only 8.4 percent of organizations are formalizing BYOD plans this year.”
3.Windows 10 makes workers more productive
The introduction of Windows 10 has spurred PC manufacturers to become more bullish about a relatively rapid adoption of the new operating system across the workplace. Windows 10 is built for productivity – equipped with multiple features developed to improve work security, efficiencies and processes. New security features including trusted boot, Windows Hello, credential guard and data protection are being well received by IT administrators. And Cortana’s new search function to look within the hard drive, integrations with Universal Windows apps and more, have made Windows 10 a shoe-in for the enterprise.
Businesses have realized that with Windows 10, users can feel as productive as if they were using their own device, if not more. When employees have a device and a system that they care about and enjoy using, employees are happier and productivity improves. This has driven the PC world to close the gap between consumer and commercial devices. The adoption of Windows 10 is just another factor that is egging on the fall of BYOD and the embracement of the office device.
However, BYOD will not completely fade. While IT decision makers would prefer to have commercial devices in their environment, for those businesses that still allow it, companies can provide reliable enterprise wrappers, including security solutions, around the consumer device to enable a more seamless integration.
Still, the BYOD downward trend is a positive one for both IT and the end user. Without it, IT decision makers no longer have to deal with daily questions and complaints from employees – such as fix the VPN, solve docking issues, set up the proper security configurations, the list goes on. Instead, IT can provide a lightweight and sleek device fully equipped with the proper manageability and security solutions - where updates can be done over the wire vs. manually, a dock setup is seamless and business drivers are easily downloaded. In turn, IT doesn’t waste time or resources, and employees are happier and more productive with a smoother IT experience.
It’s the rise of a new secure and productive era for the commercial workplace.