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Mexico Embraces Bring-Your-Own-Device Model

Over the last several years a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has taken place in many countries. BYOD policies have been implemented in the US by more companies than perhaps any other place in the world but based on current momentum, Mexico will be in the top tier of countries adopting. It may be that the country’s opening up of carrier competition, large land mass, and determination to take advantage of new ways of working are making it something of a pioneer.

A Cisco IBSG report, BYOD: A Global Perspective Harnessing Employee-Led Innovation, which was published in 2012 and surveyed 4,900 mid- to large-sized companies in eight countries around the world: the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, India, Brazil and Mexico,  highlighted that BYOD is not just an American or European business technique to increase productivity and lower costs. While the report showed that an overwhelming 89% of companies support some type of BYOD program within their IT departments, the more important number is that 69% of IT decision makers believed that BYOD was a somewhat or extremely positive trend for their IT departments. This is a big number given the concerns IT departments have over security, network access and support. Ultimately, the trend for BYOD programs is being supported by most companies globally in one fashion or another. But there are differences in how companies within specific countries view BYOD, now and going forward.

I would like to look at one of these differences between a few countries that were involved in the study. The US was the leader in designated mobile workers at 58% and India number two, with 51% of the workforce being tagged a mobile worker. More surprising was that Mexico came in third at 48%. India lend the way with 69% of these workers using a mobile device for work, with the US number two at 67%, but look at which country is number three again: Mexico with 63% of designated or non-designated mobile workers using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets and laptops). By comparison, the UK had 58% of employees as a designated mobile worker with only 47% of these people using some type of mobile device. Germany had the lowest percentages in both categories at 42% and 50% respectfully.

These trends are expected to surge in the US, Mexico, India, China and Brazil. Cisco predicts that no other country will have a higher growth rate of connected devices per employee than China. Currently China is ranked with Russia and Germany at about 1.8 devices per employee but is seen to grow to 2.7 by 2014.

Overall growth in the world of connected devices per knowledge worker will rise from 2.3 per employee in 2012 to 2.8 in 2014 according to the survey. But here is another place where Mexican companies are gaining confidence in employees. Mexico currently has 2.3 connected devices per employee. This number is even with the UK and higher than in Germany (1.8). The survey showed that by 2014, Mexican companies will have 3.0 devices used by mobile workers, compared to 2.6 in the UK and 2.2 in Germany. These numbers are very encouraging for the makers of mobile devices and those that believe BYOD is a force for liberation and creativity.

Of the companies surveyed in Mexico, 54% of IT decision makers believed BYOD would increase somewhat and 21% of these decision makers thought BYOD would increase significantly. These percentages of growth were higher for Mexico than any of the Russian and European companies surveyed. IT decision makers from Mexico were 86% positive about BYOD and the trend of implementing BYOD policies within their company going forward. Again, there was a difference with Russian and European companies, which ranged from Russian (40% positive) to the U.K. (72%).

But the most important fact is that for 32% of the Mexican companies in the survey, department leaders believed BYOD has been extremely positive for their departments, compared to just 10% of decision makers across Europe.

Early in 2013, Mexico implemented a new set of telecommunication laws, which should increase competition from data carriers and lower the price of connection to the consumer and companies. That, if anything, should further accelerate BYOD acceptance and satisfaction. BYOD in Mexico is on the rise and appears set to outpace many other countries in the world. 

 

Daniel James Shosky is a public historian and freelance writer residing on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. His writing passions are in historic preservation, social history, travel, technology and the environment.

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Daniel James Shosky

Daniel James Shosky is a public historian and freelance writer residing on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. His writing passions are in historic preservation, social history, travel, technology and the environment.

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