A great report issued by Forrester recently provides some interesting details on the most fascinating trend in the enterprise: Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). In “Charting the Rise of Bring-Your-Own-Technology” Connie Moore identifies three big takeaways:

  •  “Workers use a Range of self-provisioned devices, software, and services To do Their Jobs

Fifty-three percent of information workers have leveraged their own personal devices, installed unsupported software, or used unsupported Internet-based services to help them do their jobs. This trend is largely universal across geographic regions, company size, and industry sector.

  • CIOs Cannot afford To ignore BYOT

New technologies will be self-provisioned by employees — most aggressively by senior executives. Even if the IT organization wants to put its head in the sand and avoid the issue, it can’t because senior execs are leading the BYOT parade. Our research shows that 77% of executives buy their own hardware and 45% self- provision software.

  • A Paradigm Shift Will Occur Over The Next Three Years as BYOT Becomes Innate

BYOT is a voluntary, spontaneous groundswell. But within 36 months, companies will reverse their negativity and encourage workers to bring their own technology. Get ready now — when the paradigm shifts, BYOT will become standard policy and a requirement for new hires.”

One aspect of the report that caught my eye was thefact that the trend is broad-based in IT—it’s not just Apple fanboys and girls dragging their iPhones into the office. Moore says that many respondents had purchased software themselves and gotten reimbursed by their companies. In all, more than half of the nearly 10,000 workers surveyed by Forrester around the world had used a personal device or non-supported software: