BYOD, or bring your own device, is a widely adopted mobility strategy that broadly refers to employee-owned mobile devices within a business (such as laptops, tablets and smart phones). On the other end of the spectrum is mobile devices that are issued, owned and managed by a company.
When it comes to company-owned/managed mobile devices, employers have the options of COPE (corporate owned personally-enabled), CYOD (choose your own device) or the traditional COBO (corporate owned business only) model. With the COPE model, employees are issued a device selected and paid for by the company, but they are permitted to use it for personal purposes. CYOD on the other hand, is where the devices are owned by employees who must choose from a limited range of devices approved by the company.
Companies need to consider the pros and cons of BYOD and company-owned/managed device strategies so that it can choose the one best suited to its needs.
Advantages of BYOD
- Reduced company overheads – companies save on hardware costs with BYOD.
- Up-to date-devices – companies reap the benefits of cutting-edge features and capabilities because employees usually own more modern mobile devices than company-issued ones.
- Improved productivity – since employees use the tools they prefer and can work anywhere, they tend to be more satisfied and efficient.
- Less pressure on IT – employees are responsible for the upkeep of personal mobile devices.
Disadvantages of BYOD
- Lack of security – the majority of employees believe they have little or no responsibility to protect company data stored on their personal device so there is risk of confidential information being leaked.
- Privacy concerns – employees worry about companies accessing their personal passwords, websites and information.
- Information retrieval – this is a concern for companies in the event of an employee resigning or being dismissed.
Advantages of company-owned/managed devices
- Greater control and security – companies can monitor and protect mobile devices that are company-owned.
- The right to wipe – companies have the right to wipe data and other sensitive information if and when necessary where the mobile device belongs to the company.
Disadvantages of company-owned/ managed mobile devices
- Increased costs – the money spent on purchasing and managing company-owned/managed mobile devices is substantial.
- Legal and security risks – Employers undertake these and other business-related risks when employees use company-owned/managed mobile devices in a personal capacity.
- Limited mobile device choices – employees are restricted to company-approved devices and this can lead to decreased satisfaction.
Companies that are not experienced when it comes to deciding on an enterprise mobility strategy should look at utilising the skill of and expertise of a managed mobility services (MMS) provider. This will ensure that the right choice is made according to specific business objectives.
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