While Samsung has made headlines at this year’s CES for its massive, oddly shaped 4K TVs and revamped Smart Hub interface, it has also made some time for the business aspect of the technology world. More specifically, the electronics company looked into the bring your own device trend within the enterprise, and came away thinking that BYOD will be the norm by the end of 2014.
The Korean giant makes this prediction based on a study it commissioned to IDG Research Services. Together, the two found that 85% of companies currently support the BYOD trend, while 70% of IT executives say that a company without BYOD is at a “competitive disadvantage.”
The study also revealed that just under half of all consumers surveyed believe that mobile devices will become their primary machine for work-related activities, but did note, as usual, that security issues will be the biggest risk in an increasingly mobile workplace. Both 84% of IT executives and 74% of employees agreed that device security will be the biggest factor in companies’ future BYOD policies. In other words, merging personal devices with the workplace will likely continue to result in some growing pains.
Of course, Samsung said during its CES event that BYOD will be a big focus for the company going forward, so results like these are exactly the kinds of things it’d like to hear. Its SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise) platform, for instance, will offer mobile device management (MDM), virtual private network (VPN), encryption, and other security capabilities. It appears as if the company best known for its leading smartphones will try to bring that influence over to the business tech scene as well.