MDM fits in well with today’s modern workplace. Your organization may be hybrid, with full- and part-time employees and contract workers. How can you ensure that everyone has the devices and apps they need to complete their work?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an IT policy of allowing employees to use their personal devices to access business data and applications at work. The top drivers for this trend are user satisfaction, increased productivity, and potential savings on device acquisition and maintenance.
Another approach to manage consumer devices at work is COPE, or Corporate-Owned, Personally-Enabled. It is an IT governance model in which a company provides devices to employees and lets them use the devices both on and off the job.
Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) is still another alternative. In the CYOD model, companies provide employees with an approved set of devices from which to choose, and the company will cover the costs of the mobile plan. Devices are either paid for and owned by the employees, or the company will offer a renewable hardware stipend that allows the organization to retain possession following the termination or resignation of various users.
The main advantages of CYOD are that it can reduce hardware costs as compared to COPE. End users are still in control of their own technology, but the support and procurement standards are more streamlined, given the more homogenous pool of device options. Disadvantages include: user dissatisfaction with available options; hardware costs are not completely eliminated; and users may struggle to manage repairs and replacements.
Of the three options, CYOD can be considered more “middle of the road,” as it comes with advantages and disadvantages of both the BYOD and COPE models.
Benefits of BYOD and COPE
- Employee satisfaction: Your employees are more satisfied and productive when given a choice of device.
- Cost savings: Gain cost savings by reducing investment and maintenance costs. Users can now carry one device as opposed to one for work and one for personal use.
- Increased productivity: Embrace innovation and mobilize your employees, as work can be done anytime, anywhere.
Separate business and personal apps
Ensure privacy by separating business data from personal data. Make sure your business contacts and other data doesn’t leak through to a user’s personal apps, and enforce a separate passcode for unlocking the business profile.