Gartner Research

Don't Rush Into BYOPC

Published: 17 April 2014

ID: G00259865

Analyst(s): Leslie Fiering

Summary

Although BYO smartphone and tablet programs are proving to be successful, there are still many barriers to initiating BYOPC programs. These barriers are surmountable; however, tools and processes are still immature, creating security concerns and potentially raising costs for IT leaders.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Complex licensing scenarios for BYOPC programs can cause overspending and noncompliance for enterprise software running on employee-owned PCs
  • The limited range of mainstream BYOPC security and manageability tools will be the greatest barrier to proactive BYOPC programs through 2017
  • Contrary to expectations, BYOPC programs often incur higher costs than well-managed enterprise-owned PCs
  • Low user demand for formal BYOPC programs has led to disappointing uptake on proactive enterprise efforts to have employees purchase their own business PCs

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