Last year, we shared our insights around the various approaches to mobile device management. We compared different policies and shed some light on just a few of the lesser-known mobile deployment models all businesses should consider – from bring your own device (BYOD) to Corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE) and everything in between.
In 2018, it’s all about BYOx – which stands for bring your own everything and serves as the natural progression from the workplace culture fostered by BYOD and other enterprise device policies.
According to Mobile Business Insights, BYOx is about so much more than smartphones and tablets, it encompasses a far broader range of tools and technologies workers might bring into the workplace and connect to enterprise networks. BYOx covers everything from wearables and other mobile-connected hardware to software, apps and, even the personally-owned Cloud solutions employees use to get their jobs done. But along with this increased freedom and enablement, comes a need to change up and reevaluate your governance and security strategies.
Building policies for every circumstance and every device
As is the case with BYOD, security should be a focus, but it isn’t the only concern to consider when reforming your broader mobile device policy. Your BYOx policy needs to balance user experience and employee productivity with the security requirements of any enterprise environment. Speaking at Mobile World Congress last year, Michael Disabato, research VP at Gartner, explained that getting this balance right is key to the success of your BYOx efforts.
“You have some people that just don’t trust the IT department, and you have to figure out a way to get them the information they need in order to do their job without clamping down on what they have on their device, or giving them the perception that you’re snooping around and looking at all of the little things that are inside.”
In order to build this trust, you need to educate your employees and ensure that they understand the ins and outs of your mobile deployment strategy and their role in adhering to and supporting these policies. They must be shown why these policies are important and how they can make their jobs easier.
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