Where has the day gone? It’s been one of those non stop days since dawn. Frankly, that’s the way I like it. The workaholic in me can’t deal with “slow” days. I’ve spent part of the last 48 hours fielding some great offline questions regarding my last missive around what COPE can mean for the enterprise struggling with BYOD and the Consumerization of IT/enterprise mobility. I figured it might make sense to expand upon the last missive to add more color to my vision.
Let me start off by saying that this is not a debate of COPE vs. BYOD. It’s more of a “to-may-to” “to-mah-to” thing.
The bigger picture issue is the (what seams to be) unavoidable trend of Consumerization. This has been one of the biggest concerns for IT departments in the last couple of years, and as we all know, much of the discussion around enterprise mobility has centered around BYOD – the lightning rod of the Consumerization trend.
The problem that organizations are trying to figure out with BYOD is very simple. How do I secure my company’s private data on a device that I do not own. Countless blog posts (many here), webinars, speaking engagements, and panels have all come up with one common thread. You have to create a mobility policy that makes the most sense for your organization. That’s a lot easier said then done (I love playing Monday Night Quarterback)
Another common comment that comes out of these discussions is that your organization will not necessarily want all its employees to bring their own devices into the workplace. Some will argue that there are pockets of employees in the workforce that should always have a corporate liable device. I couldn’t agree more.
And THAT is where COPE comes in.
COPE, in many (if not all) respects is the mirror image of BYOD. Notice how I didn’t say polar opposite. Like I said before, BYOD is all about having/managing a (small) portion of your personal device that is set aside for work “stuff.” COPE is all about setting aside a (small) portion of the device so that we as individuals can do what we want. The similarity between the two is that the individual (the employee) got to pick which device(s) suit them best. So why can’t BYOD even co-exist with COPE?
COPE is hence – in my opinion – the logical evolution of Corporate Liable devices in the context that, while BYOD may not be unavoidable (you can have a policy that bans BYOD), the Consumerization of IT and enterprise mobility most certainly is an unstoppable force.
One person on Twitter said:
The issue is the focus is too much on BYOD and not enough on enabling the user which is what #CoIT is all about.
Talk about summing it all up in 140 characters or less. So the question becomes, dear CIO/IT decision maker, are you going to fight this kicking and screaming (and probably lose) or are you going to be forward thinking and embrace the opportunities that come from being a hero within your organization?