Global research and advisory firm, Forrester, recently released a report titled “Charting The Rising Tide of Bring-Your-Own Technology” (BYOT).  The report focuses on the trend and impact of employees using their own technology for work.  Certainly the trend of BYOT means Chief Information Officers of major companies must prepare how to best integrate and protect company systems and infrastructure.

When Blackberry was in its prime, many corporate companies issued a Blackberry mobile phone to employees. Everyone wanted one, as it symbolized status, especially the Blackberry Bold. But then the iPhone came along and it truly disrupted how corporate people communicate. It no longer segregated business and personal communication, but instead blurred the line and effectively made it into one in the same thing. In this generation, this is how people want to communicate and do business.  That is why employees are increasingly prepared to bring their own devices and software to work to optimize their work flow.  People no longer have to be chained to a desk to work; they can and often should have the freedom to work remotely depending on their work style preference. All they need is a mobile device with internet connection.

Based on a study of 9,912 information workers across 17 countries in Q4 2011, Forrester found that 53% of workforce employees bring their own technology for work purposes, up 5% from Q1 2011 and a reported 61% use their devices for both work and personal use. Technology encompasses personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, websites or internet based services. On the device front, just looking around offices or coffee shops, it’s clear to see workers using smartphones and tablets to present and consume information. On the internet based service side, the proliferation of cloud based services such as Dropbox for cloud storage or Evernote for document management make it easy to work from anywhere and anytime.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.