BYOD offers many advantages and will continue to grow, with Gartner predicting half of employers will require employees to supply their own devices for work purposes by 2017. BYOD can create many benefits from cost savings, increased productivity, engaged workforce, and greater data interactions, but in reality many companies have struggled to realize the benefits of BYOD. From a lack of mobile policies to continued corporate reimbursement for supposed-BYOD devices, companies are not sure how to manage BYOD.
Our own research shows that corporately-owned-personaly-enabled (CoPE) devices, which balances corporate-liability issues with the benefits of BYOD, offers a more realistically manageable option that companies are gravitating towards. Taylor Provost recently wrote an article on these issues for CFO suggesting that CoPE is gaining traction in enterprises.
"With COPE, an employer selects and buys just a few types of mobile devices so it can get good deals. Employees still have some choice of device, and theoretically that will still boost their productivity. The company’s total cost of ownership goes down because of volume deals on voice and data services and because the devices themselves are merely a one-time cost. Then the company can go a step further and use third-party software to separate company data from personal data within the devices to help alleviate security concerns, although that adds a cost."
CoPE allows organizations to realize greater benefits in bulk discounts and other special rates, as well as ease of management of devices, while still offering user choice.
What do you think of the arguments in the article? Does your organization experience challenges with BYOD?