BYOD nonexistent in half of London Councils

Calls for London Councils to reconsider Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as evidence shows schemes are increasingly popular for supporting digital transformation initiatives and empower workers

by the commentator on 19 June 2017 11:24

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Half of London Councils have no Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme in place, according to new research from technology company Ricoh UK. Ricoh UK the survey using the Freedom of Information Act, asking London Councils about their current numbers of BYOD users. Eighteen councils responded to the request of information, of which nine said they did not have a BYOD scheme in place.

Lambeth, Hounslow, Kingston, Ealing, Hackney, Brent, City of London, Richmond and Bexley councils said they have no scheme in place.

Nine additional councils stated that they had such schemes in place, with significant differences in volume of device numbers.

Camden Council – known for its tech innovation – topped the BYOD league table with 423 devices in use, followed by Waltham Forest with 331, Tower Hamlets with 307 and Islington with 190.

The additional councils which responded were Havering, Hilingdon, Newham, Southwark and Royal Greenwich.  All had under 20 devices registered, as 16, 10, 10, 10 and 5, respectively.

Ricoh UK’s director Chas Moloney commented, “BYOD schemes allow employees to operate on personal devices of their choice, improving flexibility and inspiring workstyle innovation. This is already happening in many businesses and should be encouraged in local government as part of a wider digital transformation strategy.

It’s time for London Councils to assess and consider implementing BYOD policies to help deliver stronger and more effective public services,” added Moloney.

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