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UK think tank calls London councils' BYOD schemes pitiful

Camden leads while others fall behind
Tue Aug 19 2014, 09:48

byodUK THINK TANK Parliament Street has reported that only five London borough councils have a bring your own device (BYOD) scheme in place.

Based on the responses to a Freedom of Information request, Parliament Street found that Camden Council has the largest scheme, with 252 employee devices in use.

Other councils pale in comparison, with Wandsworth sporting just two devices in operation and the majority of the 14 councils contacted having none at all.

Parliament Street technology director Steven George-Hilley said that BYOD as a policy is either non-existent or has gained so little traction among councils that the point of having it is rendered "meaningless".

"Despite the overwhelming case for BYOD schemes in local government, London borough councils have made a pitiful effort to explore and implement these important initiatives," declared George-Hilley.

The BYOD report said that certain factors such as security concerns, scheme implementation and employee awareness were barriers to the adoption of mobile device schemes.

Furthermore, the research declared that there is a need to shift the onus of BYOD onto the worker, as public organisations cannot face the expense or taxpayer scrutiny of purchasing devices on their employees' behalf.

Parliament Street hopes that its research will encourage public-sector organisations to adopt BYOD schemes and inject some innovation into their IT strategies.

"The era of cautious technology implementations is rapidly coming to an end, as CIOs and IT managers are now turned to for strategies that will transform the workforce and deliver solid financial savings to the organisation," said George-Hilley.

When asked how Parliament Street would recommend bringing about improved BYOD adoption, the thinktank told The INQUIRER, "We recommend that councils collaborate and share best practice to develop BYOD schemes. At the moment, it appears schemes are operating in isolation and thus are at a very low level of development."

While the general future of BYOD in local councils might be hazy, as the report indicated, Camden Council has a successfully implemented and growing BYOD scheme. The INQUIRER recently reported that iPhones and iPads have become the most popular devices used by Camden Council's workforce.

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