Three BYOD Alternatives to Improve IT Equipment Management

Posted on: May 16, 2019

Did you know 74% of IT equipment management programs use Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)? That’s because effectively managed BYOD saves employees 81 minutes per week and their employer $1,300 per year. Do we have your attention?

Traditionally, BYOD implementation is a gamble in the world of IT equipment management. Potential productivity and efficiency gains are weighed against an increased likelihood of security threats. In fact, 35% of companies still don’t feel comfortable making a BYOD decision. As you prepare your IT equipment management program, here are three BYOD alternatives that may better fit your business needs:

Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE)

In a COPE program, assets are company-owned. While this does burden IT equipment management efforts with procurement costs, COPE provides employees with multiple devices and Operating Systems (OSs) to choose from while allowing companies to enjoy hefty carrier discounts usually reserved for Corporate-Liable (CL) program hardware, plans and features.

Unlike BYOD, a pre-approved device and OS selection guarantees compliance with an IT equipment management’s customized Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) software solution. This maintains corporate data ownership, meaning that enterprises can monitor, manage and wipe sensitive information as they see fit without worrying about violating the legalities of a specific country or industry.

In addition to security and policy compliance, a limited number of asset types and OSs reduces the burden and cost of IT equipment management and support. IT teams don’t have to account for dozens of device and OS types. End users are also able to segregate their personal data and applications separate from enterprise usage, giving them free reign to use assets as they see fit outside of work.

Choose Your Own Device (CYOD)

CYOD is a blend of BYOD and COPE. While CYOD limits employees to a pre-approved selection of devices and OSs, procurement costs are an employee’s responsibility instead. However, since assets, plans and features are procured individually, IT equipment management programs utilizing CYOD typically don’t have access to the carrier hardware, plan and feature discounts their COPE-leveraging counterparts enjoy.

Like COPE programs, CYOD ensures compatibility with an IT equipment management effort’s chosen UEM because assets and OSs must be pre-approved, increasing the level of data privacy and security compared to traditional BYOD. However, Individual-Liable (IL) devices are regulated differently in each country and/or industry, meaning problems can arise when attempting to manage or wipe company data from assets enrolled in a global program.

CYOD reduces IT equipment management and support struggles for the same reasons COPE does, but personal and enterprise data isn’t segregated because each employee owns his or her device. This puts company data more at-risk when dangerous or negligent end-user behaviors enter the equation.

Direct-to-Carrier Stipends

Direct-to-Carrier Stipends are a fresh approach to traditional BYOD. In this IT equipment management program, employees are not only responsible for procuring assets, but are also responsible for selecting and paying monthly for their carrier service as well.

Based on job role or some other set of pre-determined criteria, an IT equipment management effort utilizing stipends simply assigns a monthly credit to each employee that pays a portion of his or her monthly carrier bill. This provides companies huge enterprise technology spend savings, as they’re able to separate personal and corporate usage to avoid certain taxes and regulatory fees traditional BYOD programs can’t.

While Direct-to-Carrier Stipend programs can enforce UEM enrollment and compliance by suspending or eliminating monthly credits altogether, internal IT equipment management support and immediate threat management can be almost impossible because numerous asset and OS types are included and accessing enterprise networks.

IT equipment management can be confusing. If you plan on implementing one of these BYOD alternatives, your business should leverage a Managed Mobility Services (MMS) provider that has BYOD experience. Talk to one of Tangoe’s enterprise technology experts to see how our mobility management solutions can make this transition seamless.

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