The proliferation of personal mobile devices is changing the way we do business — and companies are either embracing it, or sticking with the status quo. But there is another option that’s gaining momentum.
On one end of the spectrum is COPE (company-issued, personally-enabled), where the organization chooses which devices employees use, and the company owns and pays for the device.
On the other end of the spectrum is BYOD (bring-your-own-device), where employees are allowed to use their personal mobile device for work, but they pay for it and typically support it themselves.
The company benefits from BYO by not having to purchase the devices. But, because IT no longer has control over which devices are being used on the network, corporate security measures are difficult to enforce. There are also issues around data ownership, data integrity and the management of alien devices in the corporate environment.
A third option strikes the balance between COPE and BYOD, and it’s gaining in popularity.