IDG Contributor Network: EPD or BYOD Oxford-Samsung study looks deep into the costs and benefits
A recent report by Oxford Economics, commissioned by Samsung Electronics America, confirms what most employers and employees have known for some time now – that employers expect employees to be available remotely, but that the two groups are often at odds over what mobile devices to use and how to pay for them.
The Oxford-Samsung’s survey of more than 500 IT executives and managers in diverse industries across the United States found that 61 percent of organizations expect employees to be available remotely, even if they don’t provide employees with a company phone. “The use of mobile devices is essentially mandatory,” the report states.
Yet the survey also showed that only about 50 percent of organizations use Employer Provided Device programs (EPD) for their employees. The rest rely on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, reimbursing or providing monthly stipends to employees for using their own phones. The costs and benefits of BYOD versus EPD policies are weighed extensively in the interesting and informative Oxford-Samsung report.