In this article, we explored a number of contributing factors to the issue of application fragmentation and how it is killing productivity. There are a number of trends contributing to this phenomenon, but one major one is the consumerization of the workplace — and thus “Bring Your Own Device” and “Bring Your Own App” policies and activities.

Years ago, we were told where we work, when we work, and what we use to get our work done. The technology was decided upon and implemented by upper management, with expectations, best practices and requirements being communicated down through the chain of command from the top.

However, things are currently much different and will continue to evolve over the next ten years. This is leading to a massive shift in the software we adopt in the workplace.

Let’s take a look at some interesting facts and findings by different categories within workplace consumerization and especially BYOD and BYOA.

BYOD is already here.

Frost & Sullivan found that 78.48% of companies in the US had BYOD activities in 2018. Combine that with Cisco finding that 95% of organizations allow personal devices in some way in the workplace and you already get the sense that BYOD is here.

Management relies on employees using consumer devices for work.

Syntonic found that at least 36% of companies have more than half of their employees using their personal smartphones for work purposes, while CBS News reported that 67% of people currently use their own devices at work.

Further proving the point that consumer devices in the workplace have become a necessity, a study by Syntonic found that 87% of companies are dependent to some extent on their employee’s ability to access mobile business apps from their personal smartphones.

These numbers are growing.

Dimensional Research reported that 96% of companies with BYOD say the number of personal devices, connecting to corporate networks is growing.

Management doesn't always have a BYOD Policy.

Trustlook reported that only 39% of companies actually have a formal BYOD policy and that more than 50% of employees haven’t received any instructions for BYOD in the workplace (despite many already using their own devices).

BUT they do expect you to be available by your personal device.

Samsung found that 61% of organizations expect employees to be available remotely, even if they don’t provide a company phone. They also found that found that only 17% of all enterprises provide mobile devices to employees. Unfortunately, according to Syntonic only 69% of companies reimburse their workers for work-related use of their smartphones according to Syntonic.

And management does believe you using your personal devices for work is positive..

Ingram Micro found that 69% percent of IT decision-makers in the US believe BYOD is a good thing, while Apperian found that 53% of enterprises say mobility improves business processes and productivity.

BYOD is big, and will only continue to grow.

In 2020 there will be 10 billion personal mobile devices in use according to a study by Ingram Micro and Studies by Global Market Insights found that the BYOD market should reach about $367 billion by 2022. Along with BYOD, Businesswire found that the Master Data Management market is expected to grow to $7.96 billion by 2023.

The smartphone is the device of preference.

Cisco unsurprisingly found that the smartphone is the preferred device of BYOD employees and according to Syntonic, employees access an average of 5.2 mobile business apps daily. Email, calendar, and contact management are the most popular types of mobile apps enabled on BYOD, comprising 84% of usage.

Not only that, but employee prefer using their own apps rather than company sanctioned software A study by Dell found that 61% of Gen Y and 50% of 30+ workers believe the tech tools they use in their personal lives are more effective and productive than those used in their work life.

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