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Struggling With BYOD? Five Things Every Workplace Should Consider As They COPE With Enterprise Mobility

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – is currently one of the most frequently discussed issues in enterprise mobility.  Although often used as a synonym for The Consumerization of Information Technology, BYOD and CoIT are two distinct, albeit highly overlapping trends.

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This document is meant to provide organizations an alternate approach – through five simple steps – for developing a holistic end-to-end mobile strategy that embraces the undeniable benefits of CoIT to employees all-the-while mitigating the risks and concerns IT departments have from allowing employees to bring their own devices into the workplace.

The five things every workplace should consider include:

  1. Stop Fighting The Battle And Focus On The War
  2. Remember What Your Users Are: They’re Your Customers
  3. Develop and Enforce an Enterprise Mobility Policy That Your Employees Can and Will Trust
  4. Manage and Secure What’s Important: The (Corporate and Personal) Data
  5. BYOD Can Cost Your Company More Than COPE And Reduce Employee Satisfaction

This document can only be used for personal education and may not be distributed by vendors/ISVs/consultants without the express written consent of The Enterprise Mobility Foundation.

Struggling With BYOD? Five Things Every Workplace Should Consider As They COPE With Enterprise Mobility

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  1. Posted February 28, 2012 at 17:38 | Permalink

    #4 was definitely a Newtonian apple to the head for me. A seriously under-rated role of IT in the CoIT & BYOD landscape is to show users how to effectively back up their personal data.

    How about a mandatory component of the Enterprise Mobility Policy (#3 on your cheat sheet) being a short training session on using iCloud, etc?

    Educated, enabled users are allies for IT, not enemies. And it’s tough to complain if you have been enabled and trained to fully leverage the tech for work as well as your personal needs.

    Great stuff as usual!

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    • Posted February 28, 2012 at 17:54 | Permalink

      I definitely think user training is going to become increasingly important (more on that tomorrow). However, I will be a little nit picky and say that you should have said “in the CoIT,COPE & BYOD landscape” At the end of the day, we’re all headed towards CoIT….and it doesn’t matter who owns the device. Personal and professional mixed use is here to last.

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  2. Posted April 2, 2012 at 17:52 | Permalink

    Hi Philippe,

    I attended the BYOD group summit at Enterprise Connect and listened to your views on it. I understand you oppose BYOD which prompted me to join EMF and write an article on BYOD.

    Hope you will take a look and post your comments.

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    • Posted May 7, 2012 at 05:12 | Permalink

      You bring in a very important point, The IT can not force the mobile device users to use IT apps of the past. So this is still about user experience and not just getting the enterprise data/app somehow on the device.

      Apart from the cost of COPE, i dont see any other issue in this approach

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