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02 February, 2021

BYOD, 5 Other Factors Triggering Demand For Microsoft, Apple, Other Hybrid Devices in 2021

Product Focus - Hybrid Devices

BYOD was a growing trend in 2019. 

A little more than a year later, this trend of Bring Your Own Device or BOYD, is becoming a norm in 2021, exacerbated primarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the trend of BYOD, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) began, the reason for it was assigned to IT departments struggling to keep up with yearly technological changes, prompting employees to ask their managements that they be allowed to use their own device to access corporate data.

However, as governments worldwide began announcing lockdown from February 2020 and work from home picked up speed, IT departments have been using remote access to check the compatibility of an employee's personal device for approval to start working.

I've highlighted 5 Reasons Why Demand For Hybrid Devices Have Skyrocketed in my article on LinkedIn. I've reproduced that article below for your reference:

Companies such as Citrix have leveraged BYOD by incorporating employee-owned devices into its Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) strategy. 

This has helped the company's IT department build an infrastructure that can provide appropriate, adequate security measures and mitigate financial, legal risk.

IBM says BYOD is inevitable and helps an organization strike a balance between improved productivity and managed risk.

The BYOD market, IBM says, is expected to hit almost $367 billion by 2022.

If you are working from home, you may be assured that BYOD and now the effects of the pandemic means you'll have to continue working on your personal device. And for mobility and convenience a hybrid device is likely the best solution.

5 Reasons Why Demand For Hybrid Devices Have Skyrocketed

A LinkedIn article titled The tech skills in demand few days ago highlights how acceleration of digital transformation across sectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic has created an increased demand for digital skills.

Elsewhere, a Reuters report has said that people stocked up on laptop and desktop computers in 2020 that matched the unprecedent rush for iPhone during its debut in 2007.

This report has cited analysts claiming that global shipments of laptop and desktop devices are likely to reach 300 million. Also, the number of installed PCs and tablets, including the hybrid ones, is estimated to reach 1.77 billion by the end of this year.

This estimated figure of 1.77 billion still seems less considering the world population is ticking on at 7.8 billion. More of the population will start using computers as digital transformation engulfs schools, newer addition to the global workforce as well as villages in developing countries.

Alongside this eye-popping rise in the use of laptop and desktop computers, are a growing demand for hybrid devices.

Here are 5 reasons why need for these hybrid devices have shot up:

1. Remote learning and working has escalated: As a professional, you may have completed close to a year working from home. 

You may also have members in your family learning from home using a laptop or a desktop. For better mobility and convenience those investing in such devices are now opting for this hybrid variety.

2. Expanding from one PC at home to one for each member: The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown, social distancing meant all of you and your family members including school kids and college going youngsters are forced indoors in self isolation.

Such a situation has also necessitated families into buying a device for each member of the household.

3. Most of you now want to upgrade: The LinkedIn report cited above also discusses how SaaS companies, digital startups and companies such as Amazon are going to need talent, meaning these companies are looking for skills in coding, digital content, SEO, cloud management and more. All this also means upgrading your device.

The other big reason that has made you upgrade is wanting a device with better camera and speaker so that you can have a hassle-free video conferencing from home. 

Many among you may also be looking for long-term investment in a model that has a cellular chip, helping you access 4G / 5G mobile signals.

4. Government stimulus for schools, businesses:  Governments in several countries have risen to tackle stagnation due to the pandemic and boost continuity.

Despite several challenges to the economy, these governments are digging deep to fund these devices so that school children can continue to study and businesses do not shut shop. Having hybrid devices is also a big help in co study and co sharing.

5. Less confusion deciding between a laptop and a tablet: Many among you may have spent considerable time which one to choose between a laptop and a tablet

Having a hybrid device means you get the benefits of both from a single device, a 2-in-1 that functions as both, a laptop and a tablet.

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