In : News11 Oct 2012
The acronym CYOD was coined in early 2012: so how does it differ from BYOD?
Whilst MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions allow IT departments to manage a company’s mobile fleet, personalised access policies to company data, support for mobile terminals and the variety and constant new releases of operating systems mean that choices are still limited for users who choose to use their own mobile device for professional purposes (Bring Your Own Device).
CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) is a sort of hybrid solution to get around these restrictions and ensure better user satisfaction. With CYOD, the company provides users’ mobile equipment but lets them choose from a range of devices and OS in a predefined catalogue featuring configurations which comply with in-house IT standards.
Not as much as it would seem, say IT departments. BYOD, after all, comes with its own set of problems for users and creates tension between users and the IT/facilities department over a whole host of issues such as maintenance, blocked personal apps, the wiping of private data in the event of loss or theft, procurement costs, paying for internet subscriptions, what to do when you go over your personal call limit but for professional purposes, etc.
In order to use CYOD to address the needs of employees who wish to bring their own device, companies should provide the following:
There is no straight answer to this question because the parameters and issues vary from company to company, depending on its policy for investment, cost management, security, and, of course, on users’ expectations.
Econocom is currently a European provider of services for integrating and financing digital solutions. With its complementary areas of expertise (distribution , leasing , services and telecoms), Econocom assists businesses in transforming their IT systems and managing digital projects. Operating in 18 countries, Econocom Group employs 3,700 people and posted revenue of €1,538 million.
For further information : www.econocom.com