Make a Google search on BYOD and what do you find?

You do find a lot of links, but most of them are about MDM (Mobile Device Management). Wikipedia also recognizes BYOD subcategories like BYOP (yes, P=Phone) and BYOPC (probably no further clarification needed).


A device can be of any form and run on any operating system, so we should surely not limit our thinking to mobile devices only. So when you are building your BYOD policies you should also think about PCs and laptops. In fact, in many Windows-only organizations there are people who are already using their own Macs, as their employer does not provide them.

It is probably also a fact that BYOD is today more common with mobile devices but it is inevitable that the scope will broaden. This is because the consumerization of technology is going to produce more and more new and also hybrid form factors. And OS’s will spread from their original home base to new device types. Tablets are clearly seen as mobile devices, but what about Windows 8 tablets, especially those hybrid devices that have a detachable keyboard? And is an Android laptop a mobile device or a PC?

In sum, there are just devices that are used to access corporate information, applications and services. Or tools that are used to perform one’s job. Giving freedom through BYOD can make your workforce happier and more productive, as each employee can choose their own tools. If going to BYOD feels like too big a (security) risk, then you could start from CYOD where C stands for choose. In CYOD it is still the employer who owns and controls the devices, but the employees are given a much broader set of alternatives to choose from. While you might lose a bit of flexibility, you can win through a higher degree of (security) control and support questions can be more easily solved.

But whichever xYOD road you are heading for, please remember that the word “device” has a much broader definition than just phones and tablets. The core questions to ask yourself are: Should I provide more flexibility in the choice of tools? Should the devices be owned by the company or the employees? And how will I make the growing device diversity manageable?

*** Sent from my Miradore managed Windows Phone 8 device ***

Paul Palojärvi

Paul Palojärvi

Co-founder & VP at Miradore Ltd
Paul Palojärvi is one of the founders of Miradore and leads its cloud business. Paul has almost 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing IT solutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. Paul has extensive experience leading international teams and has successfully led more than 20 global IT development projects, generating cost-efficiency and enhanced productivity. | LinkedIn
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