Mobile device management and the bring your own device revolution have grown rapidly over the past two years, but some businesses and federal agencies haven't quite kept pace with the trend. A new survey by MeriTalk, which included responses from 152 federal CIOs and IT executives, found more than half of federal agencies already let employees use their own mobile devices at work, but most of the others don't and have no plans to.

Although there continues to be some resistance, the survey results suggest smartphone and tablet use will grow on the job by 2013.

“Between telework mandates and the tablet revolution, agencies are leaving the PC behind and supporting an increasingly mobile workforce, according to the report's summary. "Most are rolling out a growing variety of new devices to enhance productivity and mobility."

For federal defense agencies, 13 percent said they freely allow employees to use their devices, and 40 percent said they allow it with a specific policy.

The percentage of companies using smartphones is expected to rise from 35 percent in 2011 to 43 percent in 2013, according to the report, with the percent of workers using tablet computers to rise from 7 to 19 percent during the same period. With this in mind, it's important for businesses to use mobile device management software to get a hold on how these devices are being used