81% of us are doing it. We’re doing it on the train, in the airport, in cafés and even in the bedroom: working on mobile devices outside the office. According to a recent Workshare survey, most of us are accessing and sharing files on the move using our mobiles or tablets. But - in the absence of an IT-sanctioned application – 72% of us are going behind our IT departments’ backs to do so.

Mobile working is an inevitable requirement for businesses today. We know all the benefits. Working from anywhere allows you to make use of what used to be ‘downtime’. Companies that provide their workers with mobile devices are already taking advantage of the increased productivity that comes with being able to work from anywhere, on any device.

So we went out to find out more about the BYOD trend. Building on our 2012 survey carried out in association with AIIM, we asked over 5,000 professionals in the US and EMEA across legal; finance and accounting; creative; government, not-for-profit; and pharmaceutical and healthcare, just how ‘mobile’ they are.

The report, ‘Workforce Mobilization: Bring-Your-Own-Device’ reveals that 69% of employees are using free, unsanctioned applications for sharing company documents and only 28% of these employees are informing their IT departments.

This is a global trend, happening in companies of all sizes all over the world. The legal, financial and pharmaceutical industries are currently sitting at the top of the table, with 96%, 91% and 80% requiring access to files on the move and as a result, using free, unsecure file sharing applications to share corporate documents. With Gartner predicting that 70% of professionals will conduct their work on mobile devices by 2018, a BYOD policy is no longer an option, but a necessity in business today.

IT departments must equip themselves for the BYOD trend and gain back control. They must find solutions that enable employees to use their own devices, yet provide IT with visibility and complete control over file sharing. Having the capability to set controls that remove metadata through data policy enforcement is a key requirement for this.

These practices and applications encourage secure and productive collaboration, enabling mobile working and productivity without risking the security of company data.

Download the full Workforce Mobilization: BYOD white paper here.

Linked In Picture