The most popular consumer-owned devices being used in the enterprise are Android and BlackBerry smartphones and Apple laptops.
Despite perceptions that companies and IT leaders are hesitant to embrace the consumerization of IT, a global survey by managed solutions specialist Avanade found companies are in fact embracing the change, and it is executives at the highest levels in organizations leading the charge.
Based on a survey of more than 600 senior business and IT leaders conducted in 17 countries, the report challenges commonly held beliefs about the consumerization of IT-including executive perspectives on Millennials as the driving force, employee brand preferences and hesitance of business leaders to embrace the trend.
The report also found an unstoppable shift in the use of consumer technologies in the workplace and significant IT investments being made to manage this trend. Globally, 88 percent of executives report employees are using their own personal computing technologies for business purposes today. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of C-level executives reported that the growing use of employee-owned technology is a top priority in their organization.
Though media coverage has made iPhones and iPads synonymous with the consumerization of IT, Avanade's survey found that while Apple is certainly a factor in the consumerization of IT, it is far from alone in driving the trend. According to business and IT leaders, the most popular consumer-owned devices being used in the enterprise are Android smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones and Apple laptops.
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