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Gartner: One fifth of BYOD projects will have failed by 2016

A fifth of all enterprise 'bring your own device' (BYOD) projects will fail in the next two years, according to the latest predictions from analyst firm Gartner.

It is understood that poorly implemented Mobile Device Management (MDM) policies by businesses are putting off staff. Gartner claims that employees are becoming more aware that MDM policies can often allow employers to access their personal information.

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In order to address this problem, Gartner has advised that companies find solutions that allow the separation of personal and corporate data.

"While BYOD seemed an attractive prospect for both businesses and users at first, it's fast becoming clear that there are a number of issues that need to be ironed out," said Jonathan Foulkes, vice president of mobile product management at Kaseya.

"Gartner's prediction clearly demonstrates that too many organisations are not only dictating use-policies that are too heavy-handed, but also failing to reassure employees that their personal information will not be accessed by the company."

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The proliferation of mobile devices is a growing issue for businesses, with some analysts suggesting that organisations will be forced to develop policies that embrace data across all devices.

"While this is often a difficult balance for IT teams to strike, the scales can be balanced through a containerised approach," Foulkes added. "With containerisation, all corporate data is stored within downloadable applications in secure containers on the device, which are kept separate from the employee's personal information.

"This approach not only ensures that all business information is kept in a safe place, but also gives IT teams greater control over that information without impacting employee use of their own devices."