When implementing a mobility solution for your enterprise, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) vs. Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) deployment models. While both options offer solutions for your mobile workforce, you need to be aware of the benefits and challenges of each to make the right choice for your organization.
For example, a significant benefit of BYOD is that it offers your employees the freedom to use any smartphone, tablet, or laptop they prefer for work-related tasks, which may contribute to a more positive user experience and higher productivity. The challenge that BYOD presents, however, is the cost and complexity of supporting the wide range of devices and software associated with a BYOD environment. End-user support, data security, and expense management present significant challenges to the organization.
CYOD limits your employees to a choice of approved devices and applications, and thus is easier and less costly for the enterprise to manage. The downside is that it limits employees’ freedom of choice and could chip away at workforce productivity by impinging on the user experience. Because CYOD is less convenient for your employees, it could lead to them use their unapproved personal devices for work, circumventing any security programs and policies you might have in place for your CYOD program.
Ultimately, when deciding between BYOD and CYOD, you’ll want to choose the solution that best meets the needs of your organization. A hybrid solution might be the best fit. Choosing a mobility management service provider that can guide you through the process and help you make informed decisions can strengthen your overall mobile strategy and give you the support you need to achieve your enterprise-specific mobility goals.
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