Bring Your Own Device, or "BYOD", refers to companies allowing their employees to use their personal computing devices, smartphones, and tablets for work purposes. The BYOD boom started around 2009 as Microsoft and other software companies began providing better and lesser expensive solutions that allowed companies to better control the flow and access to company data and applications -- even on third-party devices like employee laptops and tablets.
By 2015, 74% of businesses allowed or planned to allow its employees to use personal devices to access company information, according to a survey by Tech Pro Research. The benefit to employers is that employees using personal devices cuts hardware and support costs to the company; while employees see a benefit with more options to get work done and from devices more comfortable to them.
In a Business Continuity scenario, BYOD is integral to companies in disaster recovery as it allows employees to remotely connect to business resources published from your Citrix XenApp desktops.