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As access to mobile devices — such as smartphones, laptops and tablets — has become the norm, more companies are allowing employees to use their own devices at work. This recent phenomenon is typically referred to as “bring your own device” to work, or “BYOD.”

According to a 2013 global survey of chief information officers conducted by Gartner Inc., 38 percent of companies are expected to stop providing devices to employees by 2016. By 2017, half of employers will expect employees to supply their own devices for work purposes.

Companies that adopt BYOD programs expect to decrease their investments in devices and services and, at the same time, expect an increase in employee innovation and productivity. The benefits are clear, and more companies are buying into it.

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