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The New Workplace Trend Is BYOA (Bring Your Own Apps)

Employees are introducing apps that are later adopted by SMBs.


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According to a new Edge Strategies survey sponsored by LogMeIn, the popularity of BYOD (bring your own device) policies has spawned a new trend--BYOA, or bring your own apps. Among the SMBs surveyed, 70 percent say employees have introduced apps that were later adopted by the organization. Hot BYOA apps include Dropbox, SkyDrive, Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Docs, Evernote and LinkedIn.

However, only 22 percent of IT pros said they were fully prepared to handle the security concerns related to BYOA. "As with the BYOD trend before it, we're seeing an increasing number of businesses embracing the rise of employee-introduced applications entering the workplace, in spite of the inherent security concerns. And like BYOD, the BYOA trend is likely to introduce a fresh set of IT challenges when it comes to managing a relatively unpredictable, heterogeneous environment — a modern workplace reality that blurs the line between devices and data ownership," said LogMeIn's Andrew Burton.

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