With the growing use of smartphones, tablets, and wearables the need for mobilization in the workplace is no longer just an option—it’s a necessity. According to IDC, mobile workers will account for just over 105 million by 2020, a significant leap from 96.2 million in 2015. Mobile workers will account for 72.3 percent of the total U.S. workforce. As organizations transition from manual data entry and processes to mobilization and automation there are three main mobile strategy models to consider to achieve optimal results.
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
- Choose Your Own Device (CYOD)
- Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE)
Each model has both pros and cons and it’s important to remember the ultimate goal is to understand which model will work best for your organization’s culture, policies, budget and employees.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
The BYOD model allows employees to choose and purchase the device they use. The main advantage of BYOD is the cost-savings for the organization and ease-of-use for employees on an already familiar personal device. However, regulating and enforcing security measures can be a difficult challenge within the BYOD model.
- Device freedom and convenience for employees
- Device upgrades and support are the employees’ responsibility
- Low to no hardware and service cost for organizations
- Fastest deployment time
Difficult to enforce security measures and updates
Risk of exposing organization’s sensitive data or documents
Little to no monitoring of device usage
CYOD (Choose Your Own Device)
The CYOD model allows employees to select from a range of devices specified by the organization. The devices are configured by the organization so that they include the necessary applications and also secured so that sensitive information is protected at all times. Depending on the organization’s policy, employees can purchase specific devices or are given a stipend by the organization to retain the device in the event of an employee’s termination or resignation.
Can be pre-configured for employee productivity and security
Reduced hardware cost (compared to COPE)
Employees are still responsible for device
Easier IT support for only the pre-approved devices
Slower deployment time due to device approval process
Unhappy employees with approved device choices
Organizations can be responsible for costly device purchases
COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled)
The COPE model gives organizations maximum control over the devices used in the workplace; employees receive devices that are paid for and owned by the organization. For many organizations, COPE is the most expensive model— organizations incur all hardware, service repairs and wireless carrier cost. However, device uniformity and security concerns associated with both BYOD and CYOD models are not as present in COPE model.
Organizations own and have full control of the device
Easier to repair and/or replace devices
Lower security concerns compared to BYOD and CYOD
Slowest deployment time
Less privacy and freedom with devices for employees
Organizations are responsible for all device expenses and security updates
Highest cost option compared to BYOD and CYOD
Whether your organization utilizes BYOD, CYOD, COPE or a hybrid combination, defining the right mobile strategy is just the beginning to successfully launching your next mobile project. To learn more and read the full version of our whitepaper, “What Makes A Mobile Project Successful” Download now!