CompuCom Poll: 79% of IT Professionals Say Personal Devices More Powerful, User-Friendly than Those Provided by Employers

BYOD Supports Employees While Benefiting Employers, According to CompuCom

DALLAS, TEXAS — DECEMBER 11, 2013 — CompuCom, a leading technology infrastructure services company, today announced the results of its recent website poll, revealing that 79 percent of IT professionals say their personal devices are more powerful than the devices provided to them by their employers to perform their roles. The poll collected 300 responses from IT professionals across multiple industries from October 15, 2013 through November 5, 2013. 

Advances in technology have made tablets and smartphones easier and more convenient to use than the desktops and laptops typically found at work. Personal devices also tend to be upgraded at a faster pace than typical 24-month cycles for corporate equipment, further strengthening their appeal. 

“Employees want the latest and greatest devices, so why not let them have what they want to aid productivity, within company policies and guidelines? With BYOD programs, companies are learning how to create a win for both sides,” noted CompuCom Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan James. “Employees use the equipment they prefer, while employers can reduce costs since it becomes a matter of support and security versus provisioning of equipment, a big difference in overall cost.”

Respondents to CompuCom's poll were asked, "Are your personal devices more powerful and user friendly than those provided at work?” The results:

  • 79% – Yes  
  • 12% – No  
  • 9% – About the same

In discussions with Fortune 1000 companies during the last six months, CompuCom found that organizations are increasingly incorporating employee-owned devices, consistent with a recent Gartner survey showing that 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing corporate devices to workers by 2016; only 15 percent will never provide any Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option; and the remaining 40 percent will offer both styles of programs. 

Another recent CompuCom poll found that 67 percent of IT professionals, including C-suite executives, agreed that BYOD programs increase employee productivity.

In a “data center out” driven world, CompuCom focuses on where business is going rather than where it is now with an “end user in” viewpoint that empowers knowledge worker choice and productivity. CompuCom’s portfolio bridges the gap between end-user freedom in device and application preferences and IT governance of the service experience. Personalized portals and private/personal clouds are some of the building blocks for achieving agile IT solutions and a personalized experience for end users.

About CompuCom
Dallas-based CompuCom Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of end-user services, service experience, and cloud technology services to Fortune 1000 companies. Founded in 1987, privately held CompuCom has approximately 11,500 associates and supports more than 3.8 million end users in North America. For more information, visit www.compucom.com.

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Anita Buchanan
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