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How To Choose Between BYOD And CYOD?

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | March 20, 2013 9:51 AM

Widely received BYOD offers more benefits than limits, however is it still the logical choice?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is not a 100% reliable solution, it comes with some constraints for users and tensions with the department, for example regarding maintenance, deletion of personal data in the event of loss or theft, purchase costs, Internet fees, and exceeding internet fees when private is used for business purposes, etc… Therefore with increasing security and data loss risk, compliances issues, liability and mainly lack of visibility, more and more BYOD chooser started to call it Bring Your Own Difficulties. Some organizations have backed off or even completely eliminated BYOD.

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But what choices do we have now? Should we go back to old times’ model? For sure, we have to re-think it! Do we really want our company to give us the material or wouldn't it be better for us to choose our own and check how we can use it both at work and at home?

Benefits from BYOD do not come from the fact that employees own their devices, which means they could choose their own. It’s been in the air since 2012 and now CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) appears to be a hybrid solution that overcomes BYOD limitations and satisfies users.

For many employees owning or not owning the device is not an issue. It is more about what the employees want than a question of ownership.

CYOD can allow organizations to reap many of the benefits from BYOD while retaining better control of the security, liability, cost, manageability issues associated with CYOD. Nonetheless, to meet the needs of former BYOD adepts with CYOD, the company has to reach users’ expectations with at least the following 5 points:

1. Offer a wide range of modern devices in line with consumer market trends

2. Adapt devices so they are user friendly to any work or personal environment to ease mobility

3. Combine multipurpose effectiveness of device for both personal and corporate use

4. Respond with efficient and proactive support services (updates, replacements, customizations…)

5. Define clearly the security and privacy policy on personal data and use

I am not saying that CYOD is preferable to BYOD. There actually is no right answer to this question - should you ask - because one should take into account too many inherent criteria unique to each company. These would include investment, cost management, security, but also the human aspect like the employees expectations and many others.

Once you reviewed all these aspects, each step should help you reach the right decision.

Since companies can now very easily manage mobile fleets and IT assets or customize access policies to corporate data thanks to our new software plateform. Indeed, with Cimpl's telecom expense management solution this choice can no longer be slowed down by lack of visibility. It is all about helping companies Take Back Control of their Telecom expenses and IT assets.


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Topics: Company Culture, Telecom Expense Management, BYOD, Cost Transparency, cyod

Written by Caroline Le Brun

Having worked in marketing for 16 years, Caroline has significantly improved Cimpl’s online presence and industry recognition as Marketing Director. Working closely with analysts and highly focused on keeping up with IT industry trends, she is most knowledgeable in the realm of technology and IT expense management best practices. As a passionate, driven marketer, she works side by side with her marketing team to bring Cimpl beyond its greatest achievements.

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