CYOD – Choose Your Own Device:
The organisation offers employees a choice of devices (which are likely to be from multiple manufacturers on multiple operating systems), with the organisation retaining ownership of the SIM/contract. The device can then be used by the employee for both business and personal use, with policies set centrally to manage usage.
CYOD is less about devices and more about people.
CYOD is a flexible policy where:
- The business can expand the range of ‘company approved’ devices offered to the employee
- Or alternatively the business can make a contribution to the employee’s own choice of device
- Ultimately there is one dual purpose device for personal and business usage
- Crucially the businesses own the SIM and contract for greater visibility, control and potentially lower costs.
Choose-Your-Own-Device (CYOD) overcomes the limitations of BYOD and builds upon its advantages
A CYOD policy allows IT managers to provide their employees with a menu of devices, all of which the organization will support. CYOD, therefore, gives employees a real choice in their preferred computing or mobile device, while still limiting the variety of devices that the IT department needs to work with.
In this way, CYOD bridges the gap between the unregulated device choice and the IT department’s need to manage and secure the organization’s IT assets.
CYOD standardizes security and management over a range of IT-approved devices. It can help businesses manage the deployment of multiple device options with the right configurations easily.
The CYOD phenomenon also provides a credible alternative to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept.
CYOD not only overcomes the limitations of BYOD, but it further builds upon the latter’s advantages. When organizations choose CYOD, they ensure that only the most up to date and secure versions of operating systems and apps are accessed by all employees. It is a win-win situation for employees – who get to choose a device of their preference – and the IT manager.
CYOD – Choose Your Own Device
DBYOD – Don’t Bring Your Own Device
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
The key beneﬁts of CYOD over BYOD:
- Centralised estate management – centralised billing from a primary network provider enables a single source of billing and interrogation, greater visibility of tariff costs, personal usage and operating efﬁciency.
- Reduced mobile call costs – users will beneﬁt from reduced rates for International/roamed calls compared to standard call rates on a (BYOD) consumer tariff.
- Increased productivity – employees are able to select the device that they want to use which offers the user experience and functionality that suits them.
- Clearer liability – as the company owns the SIM and associated tariff it can ensure that its usage policy and limits can be applied for personal usage and also capped for international or roaming charges. Retaining control of the SIM eliminates several grey areas around the disclosure of usage information.
- Enterprise retains control – by owning the SIM, IT can exert much greater control over expenditure, contract negotiation, compliance, security requirements and costs.
Also, by overcoming the unique set of challenges that BYOD comes with, CYOD is definitely the next step in procuring client PCs for any progressive organization.