Bring your Own Device (BYOD) Vs Company Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) devices. A difficult decision for your business…

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Vs COPE

In  recent years, there has been aBring Your Own Device (BYOD) vs company device trend to allow staff to bring their own devices to business use (BYOD), instead of businesses issuing a company device (COPE). This blog is an overview of some of the many factors for your business to consider before moving to a BYOD (or back to a COPE) approach:

Cost

Although outright handset costs are reduced via BYOD, most organizations need to sponsor part of their employees’ mobile subscription plans under COPE. Often, companies see a mobile spend reduction when implementing a BYOD policy, as the employees are more aware of costs and begin to exhibit spend reduction behaviours. Some considerations under COPE include, what exactly is deemed “fair use” that the business allows staff to use the corporate device for personal use?

Also, device support costs are reduced under BYOD, as most of the administration, billing and repair responsibilities are moved from the company to the end user.

With BYOD, some companies face higher subscription costs, as company fleet discounts aren’t applicable for staff. Some options are available that can help to lower such costs, but often need to be negotiated.

Administration

For BYOD, will you credit additional subscription costs to your employees’ pay, or will they need to claim back additional expenses each month? Claiming back expenses generally incurs a significant overhead for finance making the payments, thus cancelling out many of the benefits of BYOD.

Security and data loss

With a company issued device, you generally have more control over what your employees can access and how secure the device is. Will you “manage” the employees devices to secure email and the applications that are allowed to be installed? BYOD can lead to a lack of monitoring of activity on your corporate devices.

Freedom of Choice = increased productivity and satisfaction

For BYOD, allowing staff to choose the brand, model and operating system of the device they prefer often leads to increased productivity (due to familiarity) as well as increased staff satisfaction.

Other:

Carrying two phones: With BYOD, staff don’t need to carry two phones- both a personal and company device.

Lack of support– With BYOD, Lack of support for less tech savvy employees can be a concern.

In this blog, I’ve attempted to demonstrate some of the considerations of a BYOD Vs COPE policy. This is far from comprehensive, but please contact Evolocity to allow us to demonstrate how we can reduce your company’s mobile spend and manage your mobile devices.