Worried about straying away from your company’s provided apps? You might be surprised to hear that only 16% of businesses strictly prohibit the use of outside
apps, according to a recent study by Edge Strategies, underwritten by LogMeIn.1 That means a majority of companies allow employees to use their preferred apps and bring them into the workplace.
Take traditional online meeting tools, for instance. Are they sluggish? Are they difficult to use? Do they require participants to download software every single time? That’s okay because there are many fast, simple apps to choose from, and chances are you can use them at your organization.
Bring Your Own App (BYOA) empowers employees to increase their flexibility and productivity, and companies are catching onto the idea. In fact, nearly 70% of businesses report active use of employee-introduced apps.
What apps are employees using?
- 69% are social media like Yammer, LinkedIn and Facebook
- 52% are cloud syncing and storage apps like Dropbox and Cubby
- 44% are for collaboration, like Skype and join.me
Plus, not only are most companies allowing outside apps into their workspace, but three out of ten actively encourage BYOA, and about the same share of apps (29%) are officially endorsed.
According to IT pros, BYOA is only going to keep growing – it’s expected that nearly 50% of companies will encourage employee-introduced apps in the next two years. While security and privacy concerns over BYOA are still prevalent among businesses and IT, most are willing to work with employees to promote a more productive work environment. So don’t be scared to find and use what works for you. And if you have any doubts, ask IT what their stance on BYOA is.
How about you? What employee-introduced apps do you use or see in your workplace? Sound off in the comments.
1“From Devices to Apps: New Research Shows Bring-Your-Own Trend Fueling Consumer App Adoption in the Workplace,” Edge Strategies on behalf of LogMeIn, December 10, 2012, https://investor.logmein.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=725849
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