The conventional wisdom holds that workers might be more productive if they're using their own smartphones and tablets to access information, communicate with customers and collaborate with co-workers, and as a result, the bring-your-own-device trend is gaining traction.

According to "Mobile Devices in the Enterprise: MDM Usage and Adoption Trends," a research paper by Osterman Research, 32 percent of employees at mid- and large-sized North American organizations used smartphones on the job last year; that number is expected to increase to 41 percent in 2012 and 50 percent by 2013. The research also found that this year, 17 percent of the workforce used an iPad or another tablet computer, and that number is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2013. Separately, according to management consulting firm Janco Associates Inc., more than 90 percent of all corporations will allow BYOD in 2013.

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