Bring your own computer: a tale of two interpretations
TMT Technology Predictions 2013
Deloitte predicts that in 2013, very few additional companies will adopt a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) policy, and some of those that already have one will abandon them. At the same time, Deloitte also predicts that more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies will allow employees to bring their own computers.
A note from the authors
In the United States, over 84 percent of households whose members are employed own a computer. It is estimated that in some markets, a third of the working population does at least some contract work. 54 percent of US businesses expect more than half their workers to work remotely by 2017. And another subset of employees may have very strong attachments to specific versions of computer hardware, operating systems or software.
Since the basis of this Prediction is that the stipend-based version of BYOC is unlikely to be widely adopted, the bottom line focuses exclusively on the model under which employees use their own devices for work purposes.Allowing employees to bring their own computers, even when the enterprise pays nothing for the PC or the software on it, is not without costs. Some enterprise software may need to be available in web versions, and re-engineering those can cost hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.
What are BYOC, or bring your own computer, policies and what does Deloitte predict for 2013? Why do bring-your-own-device policies seem to be working less well for PCs compared to mobile devices? So might a different kind of BYOC emerge in 2013? What sorts of industries or companies might be attracted to these policies?
Duncan Stewart, Director of TMT Research, Deloitte Canada, and co-author of TMT Predictions.
Simon Brown, a manager focused on technology strategy advisory consulting with Deloitte Canada.
Stephen Heasley, Global Online Communications, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited