Employee Owned Devices (BYOD)

Utilisation of Devices Owned by Employees in Everyday Work

Study: IT barometri 2014


According to the survey IT Barometer 2014, “about one-third of Finnish organisations have a consumerisation strategy, whereas in 2013 the respective figure was 13 per cent.”


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In case of BYOD, employee-owned devices are used both at work and outside working hours.

From the employee’s point of view, consumerisation (= routinization of information technology) refers to introduction of equipment and solutions known from consumer use into work life. Today, global organizations have provided employees with mobile devices the ownership and use varying practices. As suggested by the aforementioned survey, the most common approach in Finland is that a device belonging to the employer is entrusted to a single employee.


BYOD came to life in the United States, where the employees of many organisations were annoyed with the employer’s existing equipment and applications policy. The devices and applications used were considered outdated and inconvenient, while more modern mobile devices intended for consumer use were being introduced to the market.

People wanted to bring their newly acquired, modern devices to their workplaces and connect them to the organisation’s data network. At first, this phenomenon caused some grey hairs in information management units – while also giving rise to positive thinking in the organisations’ financial departments. All of the parties had their arguments. Information management mainly appealed to data security, while financial management recognised the cost benefits. End users praised usability and job satisfaction.